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Being a DJ on 6 Music must be a bind at times. Forced to play all those Elbow records, contractually obliged to be matey with Guy Garvey. Although overall a very good thing indeed, 6 Music can let itself down with the same level of chumminess DLT, Edmonds and the like foisted on the world in the 70’s. Slow Club are a 6 Music band - they are never off the air. Like First Aid Kit they have a a very radio-friendly sound with just enough reverb and natural production from sounding too slick. Opener ‘Tears of Joy’ is a nice lollopy thing, it lollops in the same way as say Lightning Seeds take on ‘You Showed Me‘ but this has an almost gospel-ish twinge and strident vocals that threaten to get rather over excited indeed. From there we are thrown deep into ballad territory with ‘Everything is New’ a slow mover with the sort of string laden chorus you might find at the tail end of a record.
‘Suffering You’ heads further into mainstream balladry, its not quite Adele but its getting there. The roomy Cowboy Junkies guitar twangs on ‘Not Mine To Love’ is a red herring as once the vocals start its just pure big voiced balladry, albeit with the retro-natural production. Thing is when they pick up the pace a bit and add in a bit of electronic production on ‘The Pieces’ I’m enjoying it more but like the recent First Aid Kit record its aimed squarely at the mainstream. That’s not to say its bad - I just can’t handle all that emotive balladry.
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