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Winning the award for most confusing, convoluted press release of the decade is the new album from Weyes Blood. It turns out her fourth album is influenced by things as disparate as Bob Seger, madrigal choirs, Hoagy Carmichael and scholar Joseph Campbell. It's also influenced by the Titanic -  a boat which sunk once. Her last album was just great so here's hoping those array of influences allow something equally magical here.  

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Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood
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7/10 Clinton 03 April 2019

Do we have time for this? 

Latest from Pitchfork's answer to Karen Carpenter and an artist who has an unlikely fan in the form of my dad who has already placed his pre-order for this. I'm not sure what he's going to make of it all. Her previous Front Row Seat To Earth (she has a penchant for awful album titles) threatened to envelop itself too much in mawkish gloop but at its best was utterly glorious, this follow up goes further down the line marked 'The Best of Barbara Dickson' and at times  you can easily convince yourself you are listening to the Sunday Morning Radio 2. Her Karen Carpenter voice is an utter delight, she's one of those artists you would be happy to sing the phone book. The fact that her music is slathered in lots of Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft style synth gloop doesn't totally ruin it but when she brightens the production on the likes of Everyday you feel a weight lifted off your shoulders. 

There are moments when you realise how good she can be. There's something about that voice coupled with the great melodic twists and turns that remind me of the great 60s songwriting  - Carole King, Joni Mitchell and that lot. I just find it all totally overdone and over produced. 

Looking at reviews elsewhere it seems that this has already been decided as Album of the Year. We obviously didn't get the memo on that. On early listens I'm finding its opulent sound so totally oppressive that I can't totally concentrate on what she has to say. I'm hoping further listens reveal more actual human emotion 'neath the stacked harmonies and new age synth work.    


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