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- Open Up Your Colouring Book by The Pearlfishers
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 April 2014
The Pearlfishers are one of those bands who have been going years and years doing a particularly pleasant brand of 70’s influenced soft rock/power pop but does anyone actually like them? C’mon hands up.
Opener ‘Diamanda’ will either send you leaping in the air or scurrying for the ‘off’ button. Its remarkably well produced 70’s soft rock with heavy nods towards Supertramp and 10CC. Wildly tuneful, horrifically naff, it could have easily been a minor hit back in ‘75. ‘To The Northland’ lays off the cheese and heads off more into a moody Teenage Fanclub-lite vibe. ‘Chasing All the Good Days Down’ takes a bit out of both jars, you could imagine it cropping up on a Teenage Fanclub B sides collection if only it didn’t slather on the ‘70’s gloop so much. Perfect for the Andy Peebles morning show though.
I suppose you could compare ‘The Way My Father Talked About Vincent’ to Prefab Sprout especially the schmaltziest bits of their ‘Lets Change the World With Music’ album but singer David Scott has a voice which on a good day only just reaches ‘servicable’ standard despite his best efforts. Strangely having mentioned Prefab Sprout, McAlloon could be instructing his lawyers to act when he hears how much ‘You’ll Never Steal My Spirit’ sounds like his own ‘Dragons’.
So a mixed bag album of out-of-fashion music, moody singer songwriter stuff mixed with some 70’s Creme Brulee thrown in. But I'm glad they are doing it.
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