[Original Blurb from the 2005 release]
There are moments in one’s personal history which for some reason remain indelibly fresh in the mind. More than a mere memory, these events shape our lives in a way that though they can never be repeated, their influence endures.
With this thought in mind, I absorb this first listening of For Girls Like You, knowing that I will never again be allow the experience. It is a mixture of excitement and joy, a sense that despite this age of social fragmentation, these moments will
continue to unite.
This may be your first experience of The Basics, and what an enviable occasion it is – for in time, this might well be considered the first true Basics record. A fresh face and approach, these songs were made to be treasured.
SECOND BEST, despite its title, contradicts any suggestion of inferiority. Motifs roll on like waves, Wally’s pounding of the tom-toms echoing something tribal. It is a question of self-doubt, answered honestly through the will to strive.
No Basics record would be complete without a lamentation on the intentions of the fairer sex, and what better to tick that box than FOR GIRLS LIKE YOU? Kris gnashes his lonely teeth over this Latino beat, balancing precariously between spite and self-pity.
But let us not disguise this life’s real issues any longer! Wally plunges head-first into the age-old struggle of getting paid of a hard day’s work – all together now – “MONEY (GIMME, GIMME)!”
With the end drawing ever nearer, Wally, Kris and Tim allow us time to reflect on those we hold dear. Old friend or flame, YEAH, YEAH epitomises that muddle of happiness and melancholy we all feel about those seemingly out of our reach.
As the records slow to a halt, this reprieve from life’s pressures lingers for a time, and I take comfort in the knowledge that there is a contentment to be found, however fleeting.
- Charlie Sutherland