Strong staccato keys and Adam Woods’ papery snare openÂ Beautiful Friction, the new Fixx album, keeping a nice reign throughout until we get to the big expanse of the keyboard bleeding of the chorus of â€œAnyone Else.â€ As he always did, Cy Curnin sounds slinky sexy on the slightly-too-long â€œJust Before Dawn,â€ featuring Dan K. Brownâ€™s roiling bass. The title track is upon us quickly and with guitarist Jamie West-Oram and Brown up front, Rupert Greenallâ€™s perfectly placed keys coloring, Curnin in a wholly different voice and Woodâ€™s rim-shots we realize this band is stretching out nicely on their tenth album.
We get a distorted West-Oram and a straight ahead Woods on â€œFollow That Cabâ€ a rocker well placed among the 11 tracks. â€œGirl With No Ceilingâ€ has a nice floaty chorus contrary to it’s versesâ€™ bounce. But for me, next to the title track, The Fixx are firing on all cylinders, building around Greenallâ€™s piano and Curninâ€™s desperation on the centerpiece, â€œSomething Ahead of You.â€
I constantly find myself championing the idea of a band not having to “update” a signature sound, and this is the case with The Fixx.Â As Curnin says of his bandâ€™s new album, â€œThe world hasnâ€™t gotten any better and those are the kinds of things we like to write about as a band, more socially driven than anything else.â€
The Fixx certainly are doing their job here as they always have in a way you will recognize well.