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The press release says "For fans of Mumford & Sons, Dog Is Dead and Stornaway". Oh, Phil, why do you let this stuff in our office? Apparently I'm the office Dry The River expert because I saw them by accident once at a festival in Norway. Their new album has been produced by Charlie Hugall, Paul Savage and Peter Miles, and even the estimable Valgeir Sigurdsson has been hired out for some string arrangements, but too many cooks can't polish this turd.
This is rousing bland radio folkpop with any personality or humour sucked out, the less appealing parts of Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Frightened Rabbit and Kings of Leon all congealed together into an homogenous mass of over-earnest falsetto and plodding emotional-montage background music for faux-aspirational TV programmes. I challenge you to get all the way to the end, and if you manage then maybe post a customer review telling me why I'm wrong for balance. Dreadful.
5/10 Markybod Customer review, 16th September 2014
After the rousing choruses and consistent quality of Dry The Rivers debut Shallow Bed I was really excited when I heard of this release.
I was reeeeelly hoping for a blinding step up in quality given the time they have taken over this record.
Imagine my disappointment when I plonked this onto the turntable for the first time.
Oh the biblical references are still smattered throughout. But unlike on Shallow Bed this time they sound forced and shoehorned in.
I can't say there is one stand out track and that really sucks! It all feels a bit wishy washy. One song sounds a bit like Moonlight Shadow for petes sake!!!
It's not utter sheeite but it's going on the shelf. Not sure if I'd pick it up again.
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