That pretty cool cover artwork is a clue to the rather nifty indie-pop going on inside Impossible Dream by Haley Bonar. It’s hook-full pop with scratching guitar and deep, sexy vocals. There’s soaring synths and Spector-ish reverb and it’s overall just good fun and an album to mess about to with ya mates.
Available on CD or as a vinyl LP.
Vinyl LP £15.99 MI0403LPX
LP on Memphis Industries.
- Includes download code
CD £4.99 MI0403CD
CD on Memphis Industries.
She probably doesn’t remember kipping on my sofa back in ’04 but Haley Bonar has come a long way since those dark days. Me? I’ve regressed from that life high water moment but Haley reaches hers on the opening song here ‘Hometown’.
What a glorious song. It’s like she has shoehorned the history of brilliant chord changes and plaintive pop into one three minute burst. It sounds like Band of Horses at their best…but better. If you listen to one song all year make it this one. Elsewhere things are rootsier. ‘Your Mom is Right’ has a Neko Case - like lonesome country feel with just the right amount of reverberation applied to her keening voice. Like her previous album ‘Last War’, Bonar rests on no laurels here and is ok at shifting sounds and moods between songs. Sometimes for the better, sometimes not so. ‘Kismet Kill’ for example is a marker to show that Bonar can sometimes clutter her songs if perhaps only to prove a point that the sparser compositions work better. Mostly this is an upbeat affair - even adding synths on ‘Stupid Face’ but the main draw is Bonar’s voice which sweeps and swoops throughout.
Like ‘Last War’ the great moments here are really great and show a real expertise in crafting high quality pop rock. It’s radio friendly so I’m hoping for 6 Music to pick up on some of this but the hodge- podge nature and lack of ballads or anything really heart wrenching leads me to a 7 however I'm likely to change my mind on more plays. Bonar has talent... no doubt about it.
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