—- French version (english below)
Hackamore Brick. Ce groupe aurait pu être l’un des plus connus de l’histoire de la musique, mais le hasard a fait qu’il n’en est rien. Que ce soit dit, One Kiss Leads to Another est un album parfait. Paru en 1970, il demeure le seul et unique jamais produit par Hackamore Brick. Cet opus alterne entre les genres avec une perfection qu’on ne connaît que très peu. Folk, Pop, Punk, Jangle et Rock ‘n’ Roll, Hackamore Brick sait tout faire, d’une main de maître. Il est l’un des premiers albums post-Velvet Underground, donnant au monde onze titres absolument dantesques. L’écriture y est tout aussi splendide que les divers éléments de la musique d’Hackamore Brick.
“Searchin’“, titre bonus, fera dire aux fans des Kinks qu’il eut été un de leurs meilleurs titres.
—– English version
This group could have been one of the best known in the history of music, but due to chance, it came to nothing. That said, One Kiss Leads to Another is a perfect album. Released in 1970, it remains the one and only ever produced by Hackamore Brick. This album alternates masterfully between genres with a rarely seen perfection. Folk, pop, punk, jangle, and rock & roll, Hackamore Brick knows how to do it all masterfully. It’s one of the first post-Velvet Underground albums, giving the world eleven absolutely Dantean titles. The writing is all as excellent as Hackamore Brick’s musical diversity.
“Reachin’“, the first cut, is the one that reveals all of the genius of Hackamore Brick, words I don’t say lightly. It is incontestably a great piece that inspires total respect right from the first seconds. It becomes impossible to doubt the marvel this album is after hearing it. “Oh! Those Sweet Bananas” is, for its part, a masterpiece of jangle pop, a piece that needs more time than it would seem to appreciate; it is too great and too complete to be understood in an instant. If Hackamore Brick had gotten the recognition it deserved, “Radio” would have been the group’s best known song, its anthem. “Peace Has Come” establishes itself as the ultimate love song, the innocence of which would soften even the hardest heart. Its melancholy makes it another masterpiece. “Got a Gal Named Wilma” is the New York reply to the great songs of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.
And that’s not all. “And I Wonder” uses all the finesse in the world to deliver a few moments that are amongst the greatest. Its jazzy aspect does even more to give it the nobility it deserves. If “Someone You Know” has a bit of a Paul Simon sound to it, it is in reality a pop ballad we rarely see the equal of. “Zip Gun Woman” is the punk touch that fits well, a new enchantment. “Searchin’“, the bonus track, will make Kinks fans think it was one of their best songs.
What other albums so little-known can be compared to the legendary ones with great seriousness? Perhaps none. This group could have been one of the best known in the history of music, but, because of chance, nothing came of it. We now know that chance doesn’t always do things well. This album is assuredly one of the most indispensable in the history of Still in Rock.