7/10 Brian Staff review, 20 June 2014
Not a clue why I like this album. It starts with a melodic stomp of a track that has a great J Mascis-style guitar explosion before settling into fuzzy anthemic FM rock driven by a thumping drum machine (or a very wooden drummer). I dunno, there's something truly rousing about it. I like his earthy voice and the strident simplicity of it all. But he's got a beard! Look at the sleeve! I usually hate beards me. They get full of lice and cereal.
The title track is great too. This one has a searching, pulsating synth and sounds rather 80's but in a good way. Another stomper from an alternate dimension. So, it looks on the surface like an alt-country/Americana album but there is no country to be found in these grooves. It sounds like Karl Hyde and Ariel Pink ripping Fleetwood Mac to pieces!
There are some cringy moments but you are gonna get that from a guy with a beard in love with the 80's. Nobody's perfect. I think I enjoy 'Heal' because it makes me feel like I'm 12 and listening to the radio in my bedroom. A nostalgic guilty pleasure? If you like the sound of all this (which is highly unlikely) you should give the annoyingly named Strand of Oaks a cursory listen. He has a sweet way with a clunky, chest-beaten 80's radio rock treat.
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