Weirdly, I remember this album coming out to lukewarm reviews originally. I loved 'Goodbye' as a single, and so bought the album, having no previous experience of rrr (the first album). To me this was a remarkable record and also began my long-standing beef with the pop music press. So what if it's not much different to the first one? I didn't care then, and I don't care now (I still haven't heard rrr). Maybe it is a good idea not to listen to rrr first - I don't know. In actual fact, considering the amount of sheer joy this album has bought me, and the fact that listening to the first one seems to prejudice people against Blind, I would say junk rrr and buy this instead. Anyhow, enough postmodern biog, and onto the music.
It's really, really good. Just great songs. Nothing formulaic - I can't really bring to mind any middle-eights or guitar solos, just beautiful words and harmonies. And speaking of guitars, if you were ever under the impression that the only thing you can do with a guitar is 'folk strum', 'rock distortion' or 'funk riff', listen to this. I'm not saying it's as groundbreaking sonically as someone like Hendrix, but the depth of range of tone and texure is fantastic, bouyed up by sparkling production.
I respectfully disagree with people who refer to this record as 'folksy twanging', or indeed 'folksy anything'. I respectfully disagree with the opinion that this is a let-down after rrr. I respectfully suggest that you buy this record - it's like a fresh summer morning.