Cream Pie - Dirty Job

Here's a question for you. How many classic Italian rock bands can you name? I only managed to come up with one - PFM - and that's largely thanks to the fact that 208 Radio Luxembourg used to play "Celebration" on a regular basis back when I was barely a teenager and a quick scan via Google reveals that particular classic was released in 1974. Scary stuff. Apart from them, the only rock bands from Italy that I can name are all glam rock/glam pop bands which makes me wonder what kind of rock scene Italy actually has. Is it varied and it's just the glam bands that take the trouble to seek out international fame and fortune?

Anyhow, here's yet another glam/sleaze band - Cream Pie with their first full length CD. Veering more towards the sleaze rock end of the spectrum than bubblegum pop/glitter the 11 tracks on here rarely do anything to make Cream Pie stand out from the pack. The lacklustre production doesn't help. It's OK, but leaves the band sounding as if they're struggling to really let rip and please, please, please can we have a glam/sleaze band with a vocalist that doesn't sing in a high pitched whine?

There are a few tracks here "Whore" with its Sunset Strip staccato riffing and wonderful chorus that sticks in the head, "Electric Blue" with its lead break half way through leading into a slow build of the chorus and the almost but not quite a ballad "So Bad" with its down and dirty riff show that there is definitely some potential here but at this stage in the game the band would be better off exercising quality control and releasing a series of strong EPs as not many folk will want to listen to a whole CD just to pick out a few half way decent tracks, and there is a little here that if you heard on a radio would make you sit up and take notice.

So - not a complete right off by any means but lacking too much to warrant a recommendation to shell out hard earned cash.

by Phil T.

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