By Kenny McMurtrie
November 19, 2013
Collating their non-album single releases since 2011 Thee Oh Sees’ new compilation of eleven tracks ticks all the boxes you’d expect it to.
Kicking off slowly with the downbeat honesty of ‘Ugly Man’ things soon get up to the band’s usual lo-fi garage rock pace on ‘Girls Who Smile’. The album’s the group’s second release of the year following Floating Coffin coming out a few months ago. Pretty easy to manage seeing as the writing and recording had been in the can for some time.
There’s no major highlight song on the album although the live version of a medley of ‘Destroyed Fortress/No Spell’ is an extra track on the cd version of the release as it clocks in at a respectable ten minutes and 17 seconds. Those of you intenet on purchasing the vinyl version, in its blinding silver foil jacket with tritone all-original artwork by Shalo P, have a choice of three different colour combinations – half pepto pink and half coke bottle green, grape soda and French vanilla or electric blue with strawberry haze.
As with all such releases this is one mainly aimed at the completists who’ve missed out on (or never bother with) the split singles, various artist compilations, flexi discs etc. that originally featured the songs brought together here. Given that some of the original 7″s will have been limited editions it’s more often than not easier and far cheaper to just hang out for these sort of things to make it on to the shelves. At least you can be guaranteed too that there won’t be some cash leeching expanded or deluxe edition along in a couple of months time, giving you the headache of whether or not to shell out all over again.
Singles Collection Vol. 3 is released on November 25 and available to pre-order from amazon (here).