Gomez: Five Men in a Hut (EMI)

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Gomez: Five Men in a Hut (EMI)

No one reviewed this double disc when it came out late last year which is not surprising: although this British band picked up the coveted Mercury Award for their 1998 debut Bring It On they seem to have been a critic's favourite since.

No one else seems to care which is a shame, they are terrific -- if slight uncategorisable: alt.country, alt.rock, alt.pop? Just alt.

This sprawling collection of A and B sides, live tracks and rarities is a fans companion volume to their other similar collection Abandoned Shopping Trolley.

Gomez were never easy to pigeon-hole: they could sound like a wonky American country band; at other times sprawled out like the much-missed Beta Band, and they have a way with a pop hook also.

They also have distinctive vocalists, a folksy psychedelic skew to some of their stuff, and always sound like are having a good time. If you haven't heard Gomez -- who sadly went below the horizon these past few years -- then you have really missed a great band.

The crazy things is that many of the marvellous songs here were relegated to B-sides. Profligate of genius, I think.

Oh, and they reappear here because they deliver one of the finest tracks on the tribute to The Band (see tag)

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