The Special Agents – Bulletproof Beat
England's Special Agents pose an interesting question... just how far can you push the surf 'n' spy connection. While the first track here is spy oriented, the last one is downright mean lumbering monster.
Slowly rising from the inaudible depths of espionage, "Double-O-Surfin'" becomes a fine surf instro, with stinging guitar playing a catchy riff over a solid ominous spy backtrack. Adventurous and solid, with glissandoes and excellent drums. It hints just a tad at "Secret Agent Man."
Slow moody soundscapes ooze from the effected guitar swells as "The Lunar Sea" flows across the ocean's surface. This is really spooky, and very cool indeed. Haunting, mysterious, ominous, and chilling. The keys are ghostly, and the careful use of stereo reverb in the mix places you in a huge place from which you may not escape. Excellent.
A Spy in the Ointment 2. Our Man on Mars 3. Calling All Agents 4. Cast Your Spell 5. Come in, Agent 45 6. Do the Wiggle 7. Death Probe 8. Double-0-Surfin' 9. Shufty 10. The Tingler 11. Soul Agent 12. The Spectre Walks 13. The Lunar Sea