T.Rex Slides into Handcuffs

T.Rex

The Slider (T.Rex/Reprise)

T.Rex Slides into Handcuffs: Chloe F. Orwell and Brad Elvis from Chicago rockers the Handcuffs advised us about their love for a T.Rex vintage.

(T.Rex/Reprise)

Chloe F. Orwell and Brad Elvis: After a, um, energetic, hours-long dialogue (are you able to inform we’re married?) we in spite of everything agreed on T.Rex: The Slider. And, we simply discovered this album is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this 12 months! Time has now not tarnished its attraction.

God, that is one horny album. The oldsters again within the day should have utterly misplaced their shit once they found out their youngsters paying attention to Marc Bolan. This androgynous, beautiful, reputedly refined flower of a person who may sound susceptible and strong all in the similar breath. Ah, the golden age of glam. 

After Chuck Berry, Marc Bolan could have perfected the rock & roll riff. You understand a T.Rex riff whilst you pay attention one. Theproduction in this album is complete with out being soft. Manufacturer Toni Visconti took the wall of sound idea and made it such a lot more straightforward to digest. Stored it lush with out it being hard. There are a few instances whilst you assume there’s abaritone or tenor sax within the combine, however it’s the best way the Les Paul (almost certainly) and the entire vocals are mixing in combination. It’s an overtone developing an imaginary sax segment, like on “Rock On.” We adore when shit like that occurs. 

Flo and Eddie’s (google them, children) backing vocals nearly have an affirmational, gospel-like high quality about them. And thestream-of-consciousness lead preacher, Bolan himself, can put you in a seductive trance with the identify observe or “Ballroom of Mars” after which compel you to clap your palms and sway and shimmy with each and every different observe. Amen, child!

A couple of different issues price noting: A few of perfect roll-off-the-tongue track titles in all of rock & roll seem in this album. “Child Boomerang,” “Telegram Sam,” “Spaceball Ricochet” to call a couple of. And, Ringo Starr shot the quilt photograph, however you almost certainly already knew that.

T.Rex Slides into Handcuffs: The Handcuffs’ Burn the Rails album is out now.

Updated: July 25, 2022 — 1:06 pm