The eleventh studio album from Welsh musical legend Euros Childs, Sweetheart was all recorded live at Childs’ parents’ house in Pembrokeshire, with all the musicians cramming into the living room and throughout the house. It’s more wonderful, childlike melodies from Childs with a happy swing to the tunes and Childs’ enthralling vocals making for a warm collection of tunes.
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I always thought twee pop could do with more flute where the songs are, so thank god for Euros Childs. Sounding somewhat like Fran Healy fronting a more contentedly pantomime indie pop band a la Belle & Sebastian, Mr. Childs has been doing this music thing for a minute now -- this is in fact his eleventh record, and you can hear the settled vibes flit through the air, like sunshine trying to coax you out of your house on a Saturday morning. Breeziness and music -- who’d’ve thought?
The amount Euros Childs makes me want to listen to Travis is crazy: “Playing In The Sun” is a humbly strummed acoustic number that feels reminiscent of the bands chilled ‘Invisible Band’ years, plucking out a delicate melody just in time for the chorus. At other times, though, he sounds more ripe for the balladeer life: “When I Hold My Baby” could be Scouting For Girls doing a Sinatra cover, while “Fruit and Veg” comes in with old-school piano and silly flute affectations that rest on the kind of song structure Belle & Sebastian go in for: whispery, cheeky and overall loving.
Childs is making nice music, basically, with little sparkle but a fair smattering of cheek; it’s the downbeat bits that cheese off the post-Britpop days that are most admirable, though -- it’s rare you hear the kind of Travis meets Robbie Williams pop of “Love Is a Memory”, so cherish it while you can. None of these comparisons have been slights: embrace that sweet nostalgia.
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