Boomkat Product Review:
Alongside the 'Best Of...', it is now possible to get a full career spanning retrospective of the oft overlooked Fra Lippo Lippi, by making only two tactical purchases. With producers that included Steely Dan and Dave Allen (The Cure/Depeche Mode), Rune Kristoffersen's Fra Lippo Lippi had considerable talent behind, as well as in front of, the glass with which to realise their shiny (but in no way saccharine) pop sound. Made up of their 1981 'Silence' album, 1983's 'Small Mercies' and a couple of instrumental b-sides, 'The Early Years' is a commendably coherent record that doesn't feel like an opportunistic bolt-job. Rather, songs like 'Some Things Never Change' and 'I know', whilst contrastive in sound, are nonetheless part of a distinct evolution that puts many modern bands to shame. Ranging from the glittering electro-pop of 'Sense of Doubt' and piano led weepy 'French Painter Dead' through to the Smiths indebted 'Quiet', Fra Lippo Lippi are the masters of many a trade and, on the likes of 'A Moment Like This', display a direct lineage to modern hype-monkeys like Bloc Party.