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Another day, another The Fresh and Onlys record. Their albums tend to start with a killer track before fizzling away to nothing. If you compiled all the opening tracks on their records then that would be some greatest hits. On the sleeve, a man with a beard is holding two babies. There is a school of thought that people with beards should not be allowed to hold children...just in case. I know as a ...

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Soothsayer EP by The Fresh & Onlys
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 October 2013

Another day, another The Fresh and Onlys record. Their albums tend to start with a killer track before fizzling away to nothing. If you compiled all the opening tracks on their records then that would be some greatest hits. On the sleeve, a man with a beard is holding two babies. There is a school of thought that people with beards should not be allowed to hold children...just in case. I know as as child I hated it when my dad had a beard, bits of it would end up in the cooked breakfast and everything...

Anyway back on track you do have to worry about an album which is lauded in the press release to being ‘solid and dependable’...so was my Qualcast Panther but I wouldn’t want to listen to it. Strangely, the opening track here somewhat passed me by but the Byrdsian jangle of ‘God Of Suez’ is hitting the mark a little more, classic sounding '60s stuff, part Roy Orbison, part Buddy Holly part oh...god Apples in Stereo. But they generally seem to have left this kind of '60s likeability behind, the other songs are less obviously influenced by the jangle and strum and are slower moving, containing synths and things.

I do, however, like the beat pop side of this group so am keener on the tracks which head down this route, on the flip side ‘Glass Bottom Boat’ as a kind of early Zombies mystery to it but ‘Drugs’ could be pretty much anyone since records began, it's not bad as such, it's rather more Echo and The Bunnymen than anything else. ‘The Deluge of War ’ continues this '80s big pop sound, a little bit Big Country a little A House, a little Arcade Fire its actually quite good in its robust, workmanlike way but it does exemplify a band with something of an identity crisis.


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