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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 06 March 2014
Right, come here lad I’ve been looking forward to listening to you.
First impressions are of a sweet take on Pernice Brothers/Grandaddy 70’s inspired songwriting bliss with a bit of the clean production of Prefab Sprout’s ‘Crimson Red’ plonked in. There are some undoubted highlights. ‘Unwise’ starts the album off nicely marrying 10CC style sweet songwriting with modern day crackly production. ‘Overboard’ is pure Joe Pernice right down to the Colin Blunstone -aping vocals and gently strummed guitars. You get some nice Crosby Stills and Nash close harmonies on the chorus too.
The jaunty ‘Drink Me Dry’ is very much like ‘The Old Magician’ off the afore-mentioned Prefab Sprout album - just nice gentle melodic lilting music. The single ‘Sandbox’ is just brilliant, a hazy slice of shimmering brilliance which recalls Howie Becks brilliant but ignored- by-everyone early 2000’s albums whilst ‘Fountains’ sounds like the kind of madcap but affecting instrumental Brian Wilson would come up with during his ‘sandbox phase’. All the above are very impressive.
Between them though are a couple of tracks that seem to stifle the album by plodding and not really going anywhere. It seems to be a matter of sequencing rather than a lack of quality material as across the album there are enough great moments, its just that the weaker ones tend to be in quite significant places. So a 7, despite me adoring huge swathes of this. Certainly fans of Grandaddy’s ‘Sophtware Slump’ and Pernice Brothers ‘Discover A Lovelier You’ need to be getting their money ready.
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