Saturday, June 30, 2012

The sun is shining

The German all-girl pop quartet Boxmaya have scored nine gigantic hits in the charts over the past three years. The accompanying three albums sold well too. Surprisingly, they changed their formula with their latest release. The album The sun is shining is a themed cover album: all songs are from the sixties, seventies, and eighties, and all have to do with that summer feeling. There are predictable choices (Lovin' Spoonful's Summer in the city, Donovan's Sunshine superman), and more surprising ones, such as First Class' Beach Baby, with lyrics re-written to reflect the girl's point of view. The first single release from this album is currently climbing up the charts in spite of the rainy weather, and is quite representative for the album: their version of Cruel Summer does not surpass the original by Bananarama but is still well worth hearing. Recommended, except for purists.

The idea of this little game is to create an album cover for an imaginary artist/group, as well as an imaginary review, following these instructions:

[1] The artist/group: go to the wiki random page generator. The first random Wikipedia article obtained this way is the name of the band or performer. In this case, I ended up with Boxmaya.
[2] The title: go to the random quotations site. The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of the album. The random quote that came up was by John F. Kennedy: The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
[3] The illustration: pick a suitable one from my Flickr collection. My picture, Enjoying the sun, can be found here on Flickr. The on-line editing was done with the programme On-line image editor, the font settings selected were Poor Richard 45 Black and Onyx 70 Black, respectively.

Note: this is a variation on the "Debut album game" that has been making its rounds around bulletin boards and blogs for some time now - the original version called for a random Flickr Explore photograph to be used as the cover. I have been trying to find out who had the original idea, but so far no success.