Blinking heck he doesn't mess about. This is C. Duncan's third album since 2015. I described his previous record The Midnight Sun as 'a bit rushed' but this one uses outside producers, musicians and studios for the first time so you'd presume the sound has ben expanded somewhat. His first LP Architect was a stone cold classic so here's hoping this is more of the same (but bigger/better of course).
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I've almost never been so bored.
C.Duncan's debut album Architect was a lush multi layered piece of pop music that sounded like Grizzly Bear if they decided to make an album for summer listening. Then came The Midnight Sun which had some useful songs but some tinny synths and now....this. (I spat that word out -I hope you realise). Well I was hoping for something more like the first album but this is even worse than the Midnight Sun.
It is completely and utterly devoid of any form of soul. It's expensively produced using all manner of high end plug-ins but no actual real instruments (or it has been so scrubbed that any form of realness has been sandpapered off). It's full of beautiful close harmonies that show absolutely no emotion at all. It is impossible to connect. Lyrically he seems to be obsessed with houses 'Holiday Home' talks of a holiday home built for two and the title track talks of C Duncan's house crumbling to the ground. Then there's Somebody Else's Home where he asks how would it feel to be a resident in someone else's home. Is this a concept album about houses/homes then?
His voice is still a lovely thing and occasionally there's a turn of melody that makes you sit up and take notice such as on lead single Impossible. I suppose it has a sun drenched feel that could feel good on a summers day but it's cocktail jazz is just too smooth and emotionless to catch the ear. It's a shame - he's talented but he needs to rough things up a bit.
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