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This Is Our Art

The Soup Dragons

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Many bands would kill for a song as immediately lovable as the Soup Dragons' "Soft As Your Face" from This Is Our Art; however, while the track reveals the group's ability to craft clever, hummable pop, the rest of the LP unveils the band's lack of punch. "Soft As Your Face," with its jaunty acoustic guitars and warm harmonies, outshines almost everything else on the album. On "Kingdom Chairs," vocalist Sean Dickson tries to imitate the snarl of a '60s garage rocker; unfortunately, he isn't convincing, and the group sounds anemic, unable to unleash the raw power necessary to make the song crackle. The Soup Dragons aim for the punk-pop of the Buzzcocks on "Great Empty Space," but the lyrics fail to make an impact. The band cranks up the amps even louder on "Passion Protein," veering closely to heavy metal, and they seem as if they're trying too hard to show that they're not a wimpy new wave act. The Soup Dragons are far more effective when they're gorging themselves on bubblegum like the sweet jangle pop of "Soft As Your Face" and "Turning Stone." The Soup Dragons bite off more than they can chew on This Is Our Art; nevertheless, "Soft As Your Face" and "Turning Stone" melt in the mouth like the most delicious candy.
© Michael Sutton /TiVo

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1
Kingdom Chairs
00:05:20

Peter Brown, Producer - Dickson, Writer - The Soup Dragons, MainArtist - Julian Standen, Producer - Soup Dragons, Performed by

© 1988 Sire Records. ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company

2
Great Empty Space
00:03:00

Peter Brown, Producer - Dickson, Writer - The Soup Dragons, MainArtist - Soup Dragons, Performed by

© 1988 Sire Records. ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company

3
The Majestic Head?
00:03:34

Dickson, Writer - The Soup Dragons, MainArtist - Julian Standen, Producer - Soup Dragons, Performed by

© 1988 Sire Records. ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company

4
Turning Stone
00:02:47

Pete Brown, Producer - Dickson, Writer - The Soup Dragons, MainArtist - Soup Dragons, Performed by

© 1988 Sire Records. ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company

5
Vacate My Space
00:03:39

Dickson, Writer - The Soup Dragons, MainArtist - Julian Standen, Producer - Soup Dragons, Performed by

© 1988 Sire Records. ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company

6
On Overhead Walkways
00:02:23

Pete Brown, Producer - Dickson, Writer - The Soup Dragons, MainArtist - Soup Dragons, Performed by

© 1988 Sire Records. ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company

7
Passion Protein
00:05:21

Dickson, Writer - The Soup Dragons, MainArtist - Julian Standen, Producer - Soup Dragons, Performed by

© 1988 Sire Records. ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company

8
King of the Castle
00:02:46

Pete Brown, Producer - Dickson, Writer - The Soup Dragons, MainArtist - Soup Dragons, Performed by

© 1988 Sire Records. ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company

9
Soft as Your Face
00:03:38

The Soup Dragons, MainArtist - Julian Standen, Producer - Soup Dragons, Performed by - Sean Dickson, Writer

© 1988 Sire Records. ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company

10
Family Ways
00:04:36

Peter Brown, Producer - Dickson, Writer - The Soup Dragons, MainArtist - Soup Dragons, Performed by

© 1988 Sire Records. ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company

11
Another Dreamticket
00:02:56

Peter Brown, Producer - Sushil K. Dade, Composer - Dickson, Lyricist - The Soup Dragons, MainArtist - Soup Dragons, Performed by

© 1988 Sire Records. ℗ 1988 Sire Records Company

Album Description

Many bands would kill for a song as immediately lovable as the Soup Dragons' "Soft As Your Face" from This Is Our Art; however, while the track reveals the group's ability to craft clever, hummable pop, the rest of the LP unveils the band's lack of punch. "Soft As Your Face," with its jaunty acoustic guitars and warm harmonies, outshines almost everything else on the album. On "Kingdom Chairs," vocalist Sean Dickson tries to imitate the snarl of a '60s garage rocker; unfortunately, he isn't convincing, and the group sounds anemic, unable to unleash the raw power necessary to make the song crackle. The Soup Dragons aim for the punk-pop of the Buzzcocks on "Great Empty Space," but the lyrics fail to make an impact. The band cranks up the amps even louder on "Passion Protein," veering closely to heavy metal, and they seem as if they're trying too hard to show that they're not a wimpy new wave act. The Soup Dragons are far more effective when they're gorging themselves on bubblegum like the sweet jangle pop of "Soft As Your Face" and "Turning Stone." The Soup Dragons bite off more than they can chew on This Is Our Art; nevertheless, "Soft As Your Face" and "Turning Stone" melt in the mouth like the most delicious candy.
© Michael Sutton /TiVo

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