Album #460 – Underwater Moonlight

Album #460

Underwater Moonlight caught me somewhat by surprise. The album actually was one of the first to create a huge movement in 1980’s alternative rock: neo-psychedelic. This form of music combined the psychedelic sound of the late 60’s with post-punk and power pop to create a new sound. The Soft Boys contained two musicians who would put their own stamp on music in the 1980’s: Robyn Hitchcock and Kimberly Rew. Hitchcock is one of the most underrated singer-songwriters of the decade. He has a way with words that is not present in the songwriting of his contemporaries. Kimberly Rew, after the Soft Boys split up, re-formed to his previous band, one-hit wonders Katrina and The Waves and wrote their huge hit, Walking on Sunshine. The sound on Underwater Moonlight is a mix between the jangle pop that would become a staple of the latter part of the decade and psychedelic influences. Neo-psychedelic is probably one of my favourite genres of 80’s alternative music because of this. Many critics have said that although this album was released at the wrong time, it’s influence makes it an essential album. Robyn Hitchcock continues to write and perform, pushing the boundaries of songwriting while being an individual. Rew also continues to perform. But, The Soft Boys will always be a band that changed music for the better and listening to Underwater Moonlight has not only been a highlight but, also inspired me to dig deeper into neo-psychedelic and jangle pop music. Highlights include: I Wanna Destroy You (a track that starts the album with a bang), I Got The Hots, Insanely Jealous, Tonight, Old Pervert, Queen of Eyes and Underwater Moonlight. Overall, I give Underwater Moonlight, 5 out of 5.

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