Straight Answer Machine: Samuel F Scott And The BOP
By Tony Parker
Away from the Phoenix Foundation Sam Scott's first solo album had a distinct folk/country feel and some of what appears here on his follow up has that same folky singer/songwriter aspect to it. But that's only part of the story as Scott seems to be having so much more fun here with his Bunnies on Ponies cohorts; drummer Craig Terris (Cassette), bassist Tom Callwood (Little Bushman) and Matt Armitage (OdESSA) on keys. Things move from psychedelic pop through to '60s-style horn grooves, '50s rock 'n roll and even a delightful ukulele ballad. Melodic and uplifting the overall feeling of the album is somewhat mischievous and extremely charming in its diversity and humour, while still having room for some of that reflective singer/songwriter stuff. There's warmth to the album too and this can be credited to producer Lee Prebble and Scott's straightforward recording approach that is a little less layered than what happens with the Phoenix Foundation. That it was recorded in less than two weeks is an achievement in itself but the quality and sheer joy contained within the grooves makes 'Straight Answer Machine' an impressive success.