Higher Than the Eiffel
Label: Face Piece
Two decades after British rave culture shrugged off its smiley face and slunk back to the pub, Audio Bullys give it up for the "Second Summer of Love" with a jukebox-like tribute to block-rockin' pop and punter-friendly club beats. With echoes of big beat, the Happy Mondays' baggy indie-dance, hip-hop, house, and even two-tone ska, it's a virtual survey of England's subcultural movements of the past 20 years. And surprisingly, once you get past the duo's sneering nonchalance, it works, with clever hooks, surprising asides and an astute sense of fitting it all together.