The Scooters – I Can See Your House From Here

The Scooters
I Can See Your House From Here

The second album from The Scooters, I Can See Your House From Here, is warm, likeable pop from the Cardiff, Wales quintet. With melodies that linger and well-crafted songs, backed by the solid production of John Mastro, this effort should get the band some more attention from the buying masses. The Scooters already captured the attention of Alanis Morrisette, who nominated the group for the American Shortlist Music Project 2002 award. Unfortunately, they were not one of the 10 finalists.
I Can See Your House From Here is an album that consists mostly of beautiful, moody tunes, laced with delicate horns and traces of keyboards. It lacks any real rockers, with the exception of “GHB,” a power-pop cut that sounds like a leftover from their first album, Peepshow, which was full-tilt power pop.
The best track, “Guess Who,” is a catchy number with lovely harmonies and a rolling rhythm that happens to be Satan’s answer to the Rolling Stones classic “Sympathy for the Devil.” The Scooters have a take on what the devil thinks of those lyrics “Do you know who I am? Gonna make you all see / I heard the words that you heard but I don’t need nobody’s sympathy / Do you hear what I say?” The Scooters’ Satan seems to like the mellow pop sound over the driving bluesy riffs of the Stones.
The cross-dressing anthem “Tranny Song” is a hoot with flowing horns and the chorus, “He’s been watching Doris Day again.” The album closes with the achingly slow, “The Hardest Thing,” with a reverberating guitar chord and beautiful piano.
This is a pop album, pure and simple. The Scooters have left behind their power pop past and ventured out into new territory. With superb songwriting skills, the band shows the risk was certainly worth taking.