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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 October 2013
The Wave Pictures have been on tour to the US of A and have come back with an even wider array of guitar solos. There’s literally thousands of them on this new double LP (it would be a single LP if you took off all the solo-ing) and some of them go on for-fucking-ever. At best it recalls Neil Young, at worst Dire Straits. Their American jaunt has also toughened up their sound a little; ‘All My Friends’ isn’t really that far away from the Allman Brothers although ‘Before This Day’ is not dissimilar to the Bhundu Boys-aping afro-guitar twiddles of early Vampire Weekend.
‘Chestnut’ has the strained vocal performance and tough guitar twiddles of the best bits of '70s rock, ‘Better To Have Loved’ is one of the many times they come across a little like early Go Betweens with the quivering vocal style of David Byrne or early Feelies. The sound is sparse and spare, free of nuts and bolts as if the band have turned up at a rehearsal studio and someone has recorded it as is and with no overdubs.
It's one of those records that if I sat down with it on headphones I’d be bored stupid but I’m perfectly happy with it pottering away in the background doing its thing while I type and consume my breakfast. The guitarist's regular wank fests are a little much for me and aren’t really in keeping with the sparse, tight feel of the rest of the music. There is only one solution; Someone tie the lad's fingers together.
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