My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-10
Brief Background: Underwater Moonlight is the second album by English band The Soft Boys. The album was recorded during the first half of 1980 and released in June of the same year.
What I think: I don’t think I’ve ever heard The Soft Boys before (I have certainly heard and enjoyed their vocalist Robyn Hitchcock’s solo stuff), which is surprising to me when I see the list of the bands they have inspired. It’s really like a UK version of Power-Pop with a twist of Psychedelic Rock squeezed in. For the most parts it’s really good, some of it is even great. The “great part” is especially true at the start of the album with “I Wanna Destroy You”, “Kingdom of Love” and “Positive Vibrations”. From there things get to be a bit into the just “good realm” until the final and title track “Underwater Moonlight”, which is a wonderfully fun and romantic sidekick to one of R.E.M’s finest, “Nightswimming”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I really like it, I’m glad it’s here to show their influence on R.E.M., The Replacements and the Pixies.
Rating (Out of 5) 4
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (358/469)
Amount that are new to me: 76%