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8/10 Mike Staff review, 25 February 2014
First impression from the opener 'One Minute of Darkness' when I put this CD on is that this sounds almost identical to some of the early Herman Dune stuff from back when they were just two guitarists and a drummer, although instead of the playfully intertwining guitar work there are lead guitar breaks which are loud and clean, like a messy second-grunge-era approximation of the great early electric guitarists from the '50s like Les Paul and Jimmy Bryant, real nimble but a bit anarchic too.
Hang on a minute! I've just read the press release only to learn that Stanley Brinks IS Andre Herman Dune! No wonder this sounds like a Herman Dune record. Stanley/Andre has recorded more than 100 albums, but this is only his third with the Wave Pictures, and interestingly they hadn't heard any of these songs before the recording session because Stanley forgot to put a stamp on the demo tape he sent them. It's got that same comforting and likeable feel that you get from his other records.
One thing I'm finding a bit weird is when Wave Pictures people get involved with the vocals because their accents are so massively different that it's weirdly jarring, not that they're doing anything wrong but it doesn't work for me and I'm happiest in the songs where The Wave Pictures are just offering a shuffling backing for Brinks's lilting French-accented vocals and casual, fluid guitar playing (which accounts for the bulk of the tracks here). That's a minor gripe though, there are no major missteps and this is the kind of pleasant, casual guitar pop which fans of both bands are sure to enjoy.
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