In this new series – The A-Z of Music, Nick Triani guides us through his personal musical alphabet picking artists, albums and songs that he loves. A is for ABC and their Lexicon of Love album.
A is for ABC’s Lexicon Of Love
It’s a squalid state of affairs. I peruse my shelves for something outstanding but sadly the usual suspects arise. Abba, Anthony & The Johnsons, early Aztec Camera. I didn’t realize I had so much Ryan’fucking’Adams. Jesus wept, what happened there then? Must be all those copies of Uncut lying around. The Associates would breeze in and take any crown and of the recent clamour a certain period of Animal Collective might do. This personal musical alphabet could have been about a song too..
But how can one ignore ABC (so simple a name)? “a-z affectionately, 1-10 alphabetically”. It’s obvious. Few bands have announced themselves which such style and grandeur. I was at a record fair recently and saw this going for a few €’s. I wanted to grab the nearest stranger and tell them to ignore their prog, psych, 1960’s cult or new wave thrill and dive into some premier league pop music. Martin Fry did have the perfect blonde floppy fringe. The cover is strangely Powell & Pressburger (or at the least stagey and definitely staged).
Yes, a Lexicon of Love but a modern reverb too (used to great effect by producer Trevor Horn). So, a new use of space and what a way to thrill the sound senses and make a difference. The yet to be announced ZTT house of propaganda had their origins on this production, so this is a blueprint you could say. Fry has a way with words which is almost too smart to be populist and a voice that has enough edge to ruin the effect. But he keeps it the right side of something else, which creates pop smarts amongst the obvious heartache. But let’s not dilly dally, side one of this album is perfect and side two has the ‘Look Of Love’, so it’s damn near perfect too.