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Meilyr Jones’ album 2013 is intended to convey to the listener the experience of being Meilyr Jones during the year 2013, which it achieves through the medium of broadly orchestrated melodic pop songs. As well as Jones’ vocals, we have trombones, choirs, french harps, bassoons and plenty else contributing to the sound of 2013. Out on Moshi Moshi.


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2013 by Meilyr Jones
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6/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 March 2016
There is a sudden rush to name albums after 2013 (see also Malcolm Middleton). What actually happened in 2013? I can’t remember.   Meilyr Jones is the latest tuneful Welsh troubadour to follow in the footsteps of Gruff Rhys, H Hawkline and Cate Le Bon. His debut album certainly has its moments of which ‘How To Recognise A Work Of Art’ is probably the most vital, a kind of Motown-influenced slice of 6 Music-friendly indie pop with lots of things in there to remind you of when the Housemartins ruled the airwaves. Elsewhere 'Refugees' showcases a kind of minimal  update of John Cale’s ‘Paris 1919’ with the same yearning valleys songwriting and baroque melodies. Unafraid to use a harpsichord (‘Rome’ kind of sounds like Monty Python’s 'The Life of Sir Robin') and it is around the half way mark where I start to worry about what is going on here  - the songs are all sluggish and he’s lost me completely on ‘Rain in Rome’  which has auto tuned vocals fading in and out over clicks. By ‘Return To Life’ the horrifying words “Patrick Wolf” are forming in my mouth. The album is certainly more complex than the opening track would have you believe and I’m having issues with the musical theatre stylings of many of the songs.   It’s a fine line though between the baroque twisty pop of the likes of Cardinal and Field Music and say…’Cats’, and this record isn’t in the habit of revealing itself in one go. Let's just say I’ve struggled with it. 

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