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Flightcrank - Beyond All Reasonable Doubt

Flightcrank - Beyond All Reasonable Doubt

Flightcrank - Beyond All Reasonable Doubt

(2nd April 2001, Copasetic Recordings)
01. 03:27 Bright lights
02. 04:01 Amazing
03. 04:59 What U need
04. 06:04 Inside out
05. 04:26 Cheaper than stolen goods
06. 01:55 Get real
07. 02:39 Flipside
08. 01:59 Sir Grinalot
09. 05:39 Break the chains
10. 04:20 Another year
11. 01:27 When I get famous
12. 06:31 Take me home
13. 04:16 Twisted Lee Scratch Perry Mix
14. 02:24 Matchsticks

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Reviewed on 20th March 01 by Robert Heller/PlayLouder
Flightcrank is Leeroy Thornhill and this is his first album since leaving The Prodigy just over a year ago. 'Beyond All Reasonable Doubt' seems to lay its stylistic cards on the table from the off. 'Bright Lights' is a strong tune ably sung; there can be no doubt Thornhill has got a voice, a smooth rootsy folky tone, even if, at the present time it's a tad weak and underdeveloped. The music, meanwhile, is crisp, synthetic digi-dub, the plastic sounds all minorly awkward and doom-laden, the beats and bass spidery but heavy. 'Amazing''s perky lyrics jar with its heavier beats. 'What U Need''s dirty, crunchy bass sound fails to be as creepy as its lyrics. The comparison is inevitable - a chilled-out, dubbier Prodigy who've yet to get to grips with their studio.

Then, with 'Get Real', Thornhill goes jingly. And indeed folksomely jangly - a guitar comes out and Thornhill all but auditions to join Semisonic. 'Flipside' weighs in with a harmonica solo. Then there's an witty, acerbic me-and-my guitar retort to a spurning lover. Thornhill is blatantly more relaxed and consequently this half of the album is far more enjoyable. The highlight, though, a remix by Lee 'Scratch' Perry, all organic boom still shows up the thinness of Thornhill's studio efforts.

So, forget the angsty, gloomy first half, not to mention the dodgily aggressive sleeve art (an electric chair - surely an image hangover from Thornhill's Prodigy days) and watch out for this new folk roots star-to-be.

Comments:
The Song 'Get Real' details Leeroy's feelings following the split with Sara Cox and his subsequent attempts to get on with his life. Leeroy is still friends with Sara but admits the song was written at a low point following their break-up. He told that writing it was 'as hard as completing a homework assignment'. Part of the song's lyrics says: "I wake to a new day/ the phone rings the first time I answer slowly; I hear your voice on the line/ It's been some time/ You say you're thinking of me/ If you could only see me/ You miss those things about me/ Get real you never knew me/ You took me higher than I've ever been before/ And then you left me standing at that door" Leeroy says he's still friends with Sara despite the emotions that the split threw up. "It makes me laugh that people want to hear this sob story". "We just said that we'd be friends. Things had changed between us, but it was like, 'Good luck.' I wish her all the best. I dont dwell on the past, I get on with life. I'm not one for downers. "

See also

The Longman EP EP

The Longman EP

1996

Lowrise EP EP

Lowrise EP

1993

Shades Of Rhythm - Psycho Base Single

Shades Of Rhythm - Psycho Base

1997

Southern Fly - For Real EP (Promo) Single

Southern Fly - For Real EP (Promo)

1999

Flightcrank - What U Need Single

Flightcrank - What U Need

2001

Flightcrank - Inside Out Single

Flightcrank - Inside Out

1999

Flightcrank - Flightcrank EP (Twisted EP) EP

Flightcrank - Flightcrank EP (Twisted EP)

2000

Leeroy Thornhill - Crazy Ep EP

Leeroy Thornhill - Crazy Ep

2020

David Gray - Babylon (Flightcrank Remix) Single

David Gray - Babylon (Flightcrank Remix)

1999

Flightcrank - Amazing Single

Flightcrank - Amazing

2001

Flightcrank - Album Sampler EP

Flightcrank - Album Sampler

1999

Runaways feat. Masta Ace - Express Delivery Single

Runaways feat. Masta Ace - Express Delivery

2000

Leeroy Thornhill – Back To Me Album

Leeroy Thornhill – Back To Me

2020

Leeroy Thornhill – Back To Me - Extend EP EP

Leeroy Thornhill – Back To Me - Extend EP

2021

Leeroy Thornhill – Evolve Album

Leeroy Thornhill – Evolve

2020

Southern Fly - Maybe It's The Right Time Single

Southern Fly - Maybe It's The Right Time

1999

Dr. Dooom -  Leave Me Alone Single

Dr. Dooom - Leave Me Alone

1999

Kris Needs Must! Compilation

Kris Needs Must!

1997

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