Most people considering this album will be doing so purely on the basis of Matt Hales's stunningly fragile single used on the VW Beetle advert. And well they might, for if they delighted in the earnest and shy vocals, and the sweet and memorable piano melody of 'Strange and Beautiful', then the rest of this fragile album will not disappoint. Aqualung gently usher us through a quiet, yearning hour of music, best likened to floating down a river on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Nearly every track is a softly played, softly sung poem of love, only really shifting the bases a little on the slightly more demanding 'Good times gonna come'. Surprisingly then, this song stands out as one of the most memorable, (along with 'Strange and beautiful', 'tongue-tied' and 'Can't get you out of my mind') set amongst an album of good songs. It may well take a week of playing this album and drifting to sleep, but it really does grow with the same hushed subtlety of each poetic lyric, and soon the album will be a constant refuge.
A strongly recommended lullaby of a record, best listened to with a creamy cup of coffee on a quiet evening.