The Fine Art Of Hanging On is the fourth album by The Leisure Society. The album has a theme of hanging on running through its songs although the band did not intend to make a concept album. As with previous albums, the complexities involved in their songwriting, arrangements and musicianship are all present. This, coupled with the band’s penchant to use a wide range of instruments makes for a confident band recording one of the best albums yet.
Vinyl LP £16.99 FTH226LP
180g vinyl gatefold LP on Full Time Hobby.
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CD £11.99 FTH226CDA
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Limited Vinyl LP £20.49 FTH226LPA
Purple velvet vinyl gatefold LP on Full Time Hobby. Includes two downloadable bonus tracks. RSD2015 ITEM!.
The Leisure Society’s debut ‘The Sleeper’ was a fantastic album of folky lullabies that made me get a speck in my eye on several occasions. Since then they’ve rather strayed too far into the Mumfords folk festival territory for me at times but still remain a worthy entity.
The opening title track is a fine example of where they have gone wrong at times. It’s nice and melodic but where it should tug at the heartstrings, its only real aim is to get people dancing at 2 in the afternoon on the second stage at a family friendly festival. They still have plenty about them though…. ‘Nothing Like This’ is a gorgeous piece of ‘70’s am radio pop with a very Sean O‘ Hagan style string arrangement and lashings of flute. This will sound good in summer, you betcha. Elsewhere ‘Tall Black Cabins’ and ‘The Undefeated Ego’ hark back to the more maudlin slices of navel gazing on ‘The Sleeper’ -the music never quite lives up to past glories but this is well crafted with thoughtful melodies and nice arrangements.
Like much folk-influenced music it sounds much better when it strips things back and lets the songs breathe. ‘You Are What You Take’ is a major highlight - led by a lovely plucked guitar and sweeping string arrangement the song has an eerieness that would not be there if you piled too much stuff on. There are certainly hints of Love and Belle and Sebastien in some of these wandering melodies and certain songs evoke where Badly Drawn Boy might have gone if he had not turned out to be such an almighty tosser.
They may never have quite fulfilled early promise but Leisure Society are a solid, underrated outfit and by gum you should be listening to this over dreary shit like Elbow.
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