Richard Edwards, formerly of Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s, has had a pretty rough time in the last few years: a stomach condition almost killed him, and both his band and his marriage left him behind. But, like any good artist, Richard was able to use these experiences as rich creative fodder: Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset is his powerful and personal response. Released by Joyful Noise.
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Having a slightly weird stomach myself I have every sympathy for Richard Edwards and the stomach ailment that nearly killed him. Edwards has proved that people with bad stomachs can be artists too and has thrown himself into his recording. Oh and his marriage broke down too.... but I bet that stomach thing was awful.
Here the former Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s (me neither) man has teamed up with Elliott Smith producer Rob Schnapf for an album of lush West Coast pop which knows how to mope. It really mopes on 'Li'l Dead Eyed' where he says he's bored of California, bored of sun and bored of the space he's taken up in other peoples houses. More uplifting is 'Git Paid' which has some rather sweet hooks that could have come from the pen of Elliott Smith himself. At this juncture everything bodes pretty well but the following few tracks veer into standard singer songwriter territory a bit too much to grab my ear. The arrangements are pretty but a bit to bland Schnapf has a history of this kind of production and Edwards voice has some similarities with the Travis guy - that whiney kind of thing. Not for me.
Edwards is better when delving into darker territories on 'Management of Savagery' with gorgeous watery guitar lines washing over a slo-mo ballad but this album is a bit too mopey and safe to be of real interest. Wish him well with the stomach thing though.
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