SIX PAX - Cruising Time Again

Six Pax - Cruising Time Again

9 songs
20:13 minutes
***** ***
(DIY)

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It’s been nearly two years since the Six Pax are entertaining their audiences at the most different locations by covering songs from all conceivable genres. Even though I have never seen them in a bad live mood, their debut from early 2006 was a little disappointing as it couldn’t convey the power and charm of their live shows. The new EP Cruising Time Again made up past mistakes and succeeds much better this time.

Maybe that’s because this time there’s a theme to the CD. Apart from the opener Bandit-Girl, originally by Thorunn who helped the band on their parallelly issued single, all other tracks are from the Fifties and Sixties, making Six Pax Luxembourg’s answer to Me First and the Gimme Gimme’s who had this idea already years earlier, wether they like it or not.

The choice of songs to be covered isn’t as original as on the three track single with Thorunn, but production and arrangements are working fine. C’mon Everybody (Eddie Cochran) is more punk than the original. Gimme Some Lovin’ (Spencer Davis Group) shows Six Pax from an unusual hard rocking side. Have You Ever Seen The Rain? (CCR), already a live classic, doesn’t disappoint on CD either. The two Monkees hits I’m A Believer and Daydream Believer aren’t that far from the originals. The record ends with two Roy Orbison songs. You Got It is harmonically arranged and shows especially the improvements in the vocal department. Pretty Woman has been covered too many times in the past.

Six Pax have made the right decision by recording not again such an unconceptual album like their debut. Even if Six Pax are just releasing EPs, there will be the same theme for all the songs. The recipe has succeeded this time, and I doubt that Six Pax will fail with similar projects in future.

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