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  Real by Monogroove

Real cover art

Artist: Monogroove
Title: Real
Catalogue Number: No catalogue number
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2006

They have more influences than BluesBunny has had curries. You have the Byrds, Dylan, the Kinks and the Beatles. Not a bad thing though. This album is 12 tracks of jangly, commercial, guitar pop. Monogroove have had many vocalists during their rather long existence but Diana Grace has a particularly good set of lungs that suit the songs well. On this album she shares vocal duties with founder Rin Lennon even doing a duet on the respectful cover of "You've Just Seen a Face".

"Just You" opens the album with a neat slice of pure pop candy. "Gave Me Your Life" delivers quality harmonies, an unforgettable hook and fine trumpet work from Probyn Gregory. "Our Time Will Come" displays mature lyrical sensibilities whilst "Can't Go Back Again" makes a fine accompaniment to that drive into the sunset. BluesBunny keeps seeing the ghost of sixties' London in all of this with a sizeable pinch of California for seasoning.

Derivative but fresh, Monogroove shows the quality we have come to expect from them. Plenty to keep you humming during that long drive to work. Available from CD Baby.
Review Date: June 23 2007