From “Anytime, Anyplace” to “I Won’t Let You Down,” Dizzy Box Nine’s new release – Pop Fantasy, is a roller coaster ride of rocking ear candy – with a slightly stripped back mix, which helps retain the indie-pop feel of their first album – Electric Illusion. This musical approach complements a straightforward rock sound, rather than an overly-polished commercial approach that often comes across as too glossy.
Dizzy Box Nine makes an immediate statement with the appealing and instantly catchy melodies of “Anytime, Anyplace”. It’s one of the faster songs, and makes for a solid opener to get the album up and moving. The next track, “Yesterday” falls somewhere between the punk and ska attitude, with a nice percussive pace, reminiscent of everyone from the Police to the Smithereens, yet with a Dizzy Box Nine stamp written all over it.
“Like A Star” is another catchy track with loads of charm. It’s a positive and encouraging song, which is nice to see in this day and age of so many pretentious and inauthentic artists who seem to overload media outlets these days. You don’t get too far in this industry without being able to make a statement and contribute. Dizzy Box Nine has a tasteful and melodic way to contribute musically, and also share elements of wisdom to the listener. “Forever in My Dreams” has a guitar riff that sounds so familiar but I can’t put my finger on it, and the solo is remarkably good. You’ll do a double take on singer-guitar player Randy Ludwig as he comes out of the solo and adds some cool rapping at the end of the song.
The ride continues with “Lost and Found” – a romp of a track which bubbles along very nicely. The seamless guitar playing is very cool and slinky, and the vocals are as good as almost anything else out there today. The musical gem “Maybe” continues the show with even more great guitar and vocal fills. This is a nice tune which demonstrates the great chemistry of this band.
A cool surprise on this record was a respectable cover of the Cure’s 80s hit “Just Like Heaven.” It seems to perfectly fit in with the rest of the songs, without dominating the album. They also keep the fire going with the cool and memorable ditty “What I Like About You”. There’s another great cover song here as well – Dizzy Box Nine does an impressive version of Poison’s “Talk Dirty to Me”, that just might make you forget about the original version. They finish out the album with “Hello Baby,” “Rosie” and the terrific closer “I Won’t Let You Down”. Overall, Dizzy Box Nine has created a musical gift definitely worth the price of admission.