"Accessible, spangly songs dealing with everyday matters such as obsession, betrayal and mental illness...."
"..typically British pop charm..quirky but stylish..classic observational pop..naively intelligent..beautifully and sensitively crafted..poetic lyrics..refreshingly individualistic..clever playfulness..thought provoking and evocative..strange but nicely rewarding album..well conceived, superbly written and beautifully performed..an enjoyable and fascinating work" - www.toxicpete.co.uk
"...cooler than a real penguin’s party..more quintessentially British than fish and chips..quirky and individualistic..engagingly charming.. memorably tuneful..literally reels you in…lurking within the album are cleverly constructed lyrics about all manner of human experiences…" - Jeff Perkins, Blogcritics Magazine (Oct 23, 2008)
"..sticky hooks, quirky arrangements and choruses that insist on taking up residence (you’ll be singing these songs in the shower)..like the best pop..governments definitely won’t fall, but sun-drenched drives in the country, with the windows down, will be enhanced"
- Leicester Bangs
"Highly tuneful and charming, with just the right air of quirkiness to rank it as one of the better nostalgically-flavoured records of recent times"
- Leonard's Lair
"A cool, engaging release – it has a hypnotic quality that pulls you in. Milligan is not playing it safe with his pop inspirations with his healthy love of early Squeeze, Nick Lowe and Martin Newell, it’s a distinctively British take on pop craftmenship but it works extremely well.. "
- Not Lame
"Very catchy, very charming..The rootsy "..Grandma's" is a Kinks & Nick Lowe-inspired sing-along! The chirpy and jangly "She Smells" is another "Argybargy" influenced song! The vocal interplay throughout recalls the Difford/Tillbrook dynamic of Squeeze. EXCELLENT!!!"
- Kool Kat Musik
...very English nostalgic music hall pop...a compelling listen...reminds me of Andy Partridge...the best fun here is pub anthem "Goin' Back To Grandma's" with the hummable chorus and foot stompin' beat...a lot of subtle shifts in mood and genre...charming pop that will sit well with ye merry anglophile power pop fans
"Warning. Just like all well written pop you will find yourself singing these songs at highly inappropriate moments."
“like skimming across a pretty little pond on a sunny day in an old fashioned rowing boat, dangling your fingers in the water and unexpectedly having one of them bitten off by something just below the surface”
- Chester @ Sitting Target Music www.sittingtarget.net
Penguin Party's central character Dave Milligan played in Reno & Rome (an early incarnation of NME favourites Animals That Swim) and in the 90s was one third of criminally under-exposed Pomp/Industrial nearly-men "Introversion". He's been in Arco since its inception, co-producing and playing on their three albums (including a US-only rarities compilation), which are available on labels based in the UK, US and Korea. Penguin Party is an outlet for Milligan's songs which don't fit arco's gorgeous introspective sound.
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