Suicide Songs is the new album by Money. It is follow-up to their haunting and atmospheric debut The Shadow Of Heaven. This time, despite experiencing musical differences that lead to a temporary geographical split, the band eventually decided to put all of their efforts into making what they do better. Singer Jamie Lee, already noted as a fine lyricist, strived to be the best writer he could and wrote poems alongside his lyrics. Suicide Songs is a more confident record adding brass, strings and gospel choirs to their sound.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 January 2016
Money are serious guys. On the sleeve is pictured a man with a knife in his head, the album is called ‘Suicide Songs’... as I say, serious.
They straddle the kind of dead serious singer songwriter territory also explored by the likes of I Am Kloot. They have a folkier edge though and recent single ‘I Am the Night’ sounded like what might happen had Morrissey replaced Shane McGowan in the Pogues. It’s the highlight here by a strong mile though opener ‘I am the Lord’ tries its best to brings the Verve into a folkier direction with mandolins twinkling away. Money have a big almost gospel-y sound which can also recall Spiritualized. ‘I’m Not Here’ is another massive number that arcs and strains it’s way towards Elbow’s cloying stadium moves although Money are much more ramshackle than that dull lot and instead there are a few nods to ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ era the Waterboys.
The album is a slow paced trudge however and the unrelenting anguish is kind of hard to take with the title track particularly dragging itself along like a dog that doesn’t want to go for a walk. Taken in isolation there are some good tracks here - I alluded to it earlier and I'm going to say it again ‘I’ll Be The Night’ is a particularly swashbuckling lilting ballad.
If hearing a folk influenced Spiritualized be very serious and earnest all over your ass is your thing then this might just be for you.
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