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Russian by birth but American by influence (and address), Ivan Smirnov wants to bring infectious pop rock to the masses, and is having a good go with his band Privet Earth! (no, I have no idea what that means). After his first album was well received he's recruited two ladies from Texas to play drums and bass on the follow up.

Impressively, Privet Earth! are not an easy band to categorize, which means they must have more than a spark of originality to them. Smirnov throws his influences about like a hyperactive monkey with a large pile of monkey poop. The music is definitely pop, but at the same time it's definitely rock. Opener 'Ice Orkestra' is an infectious little thing that, given a cool video, would light up any pop chart.

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It's like a mad mix of Mika, The Arctic Monkeys and the Scissor Sisters, with a sheer pop bounce over a rock heart. You'd never believe Ivan was Russian, either, as his voice is completely accent free. 'Blue Bottle' is a simple, guitar led track that would again delight UK record buyers, whilst 'Forest Queen' could be a gay anthem on 'Glee', such is the mix of styles here. Mind you, I'm not sure of the logic of putting a 'Full version' of the opener at the end of the album, as there's only a 20 second difference.

'Breaking The Ice' is full of fun songs, and after a while manages to just pick the listener up and carry them away with it's joyful exuberance. It's not something for everyone, such is the poppiness of the whole thing, but I'd be happy to hear it on the radio over a lot of the other poppycock that's about these days.

Alan Holloway

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