8/10 Brian Staff review, 07 December 2012
Well, much like Erland and the Carnival and Skelly's own original priority, The Coral, 'Cut From a Star's' vibe centres on the late ‘60s as a minefield of inspiration. That the birth of the ‘70s was spied dragging with it all the blissful innovations and ecstatic harmonies of the second half of that decade that changed music is apparent because this evokes a time when the hair was longer but the musicians were not yet fully-fledged indulgent wankers intent on ruining notions of taste forever. Much of this album evokes a peculiar yet uber-melodic paisley-tinged country-rock sound. I imagine myself gobbling psilocybin in a stetson in a desert scattered with lava-lamps.
As a debut solo effort from the Wirral classicists’ drummer, it occasionally straddles the dreamy majesty of prime Floyd and late ‘60s rose-tinted psych-pop and as such the tunes have an easy-going gait, some really authentic warm production flourishes and bags of loved-up charm. It's not a particularly fresh trick to ape this golden-era sound, but hell, everyone and their grans are secretly in love with this more innocent head-noddy period and Ian Skelly at least knows what the fuck he's doing in the studio...so although the arrangements and space-pixie shaman lyrics are often a little trite, the passion, talent and love for the glory days just before I was born shines through.
These songs have a life-affirming roundness and approachability that will ensure a whole bunch of you will have something to cuddle up to this winter.
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