GRAHAM COXON – You & I (CD & 7″ Singles)

You & I CoverParlophone CDRS6691 / R6691: 8th May 2005
1. You & I
"You and I gonna think for a while, look to the sky, gotta decide if we're gonna see tomorrow"
2. Light Up Your Candles
"You can't light your own way, through this dark unholy place, just one candle and a happy face"
3. Click Click Click
"Got a light sayin' no one home for me to kick, kick, kick, yeah"
4. See-Saw
"Wait a while, reclaim your loss, but it costs a lot, you'll learn"

'You & I' is yet another great Graham Coxon single.  He's brought in a Psychedelic sound for this one, particularly on the fuzzy Guitar solo at 1.48. Also Maracas make a welcome return to the world of Pop and "La, la, la, la" is repeated dreamily at the end.

Even better is 'Light Up Your Candles', which sounds like a suicidal version of The Coral.  Graham sounds like he's been smoking 40 packs a day prior to recording it (Which of course is great).  'Click Click Click' has a killer bit where it cuts back to the Bass at 2.00 and then it sounds like the Beatles playing Funk.  'See-Saw' reminded me of 'Love gets dangerous' by Billy Bragg (Which means it's fantastic too).  It's a cover of The Jam, I don't know if their original sounds like Billy, I'll have to find out.

It's rare to get such a consistently brilliant collection of B-sides.  Shame it wasn't a lovely 4-track EP, instead of being spread over two formats.

Shipbuilding mp3 (Elvis Costello cover, 56 kbps unfortunately)

Graham Coxon Website / Graham Coxon MySpace Page
All Over Me Fansite

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