After seeing Boxer Rebellion twice and been captivated by the last two albums I was very excited to pre-order and receive this album this morning and play it start to finish straight away whilst looking through the gorgeous hard back booklet, it is lovely, glad Amazon put the photos up of it, does not do it justice but helps, I will post a video up just to show it off more. Lovely hand written lyrics and lots of love has clearly gone into this and it shows.
1. `No Harm' is a slow gorgeous builder of a song that envelopes you in its swirling beauty. Really incredible how its simplicity is so effective, though simple as it sounds, I'm sure it wasn't so simple to write and capture.
2.`Step out of the car' heard this a few times online and loved it, sounds like the boxer rebellion I am more familiar with, but no less in love with, builds and buzzes along. Brilliant.
3.`Locked in the basement' is a slower number, gorgeous vocals and effective stripped back guitars. I can hear tinges of the style of guitar work that leaves me reminiscing over the last Radiohead album `rainbows'. Fans of Radiohead will I am sure really love boxer rebellion. This track grows and grows; I think I will end up hooked on this one.
4.`Cause for alarm' another slow but no less captivating song. Feel myself getting lost in the swirly world of this song, its gorgeous beyond description.
5.`Caught by the light' beautiful song, sounds like a million twinkling stars musically. I can think of no other way of describing this. If Sigur Ros were an inspiration behind any of this new direction, I thank them, by no means any disrespect to boxer rebellion, every band has inspirations and create their own sound from bits and pieces of what they see hear and love and i love everything about boxer rebellion.
6.`Organ Song' nice song, after the last few this comes down a stage in intensity but no means in greatness.
7.`Memo' another captivating song with thoughtful lyrics and big chorus. They use space in the music so well, no overfilling for the sake of it and let the song build naturally which I really feel deeply about with music, it should never be forced. There is nothing greater than a band spending hours in a studio jamming until a song comes to fruition.
8.`Both sides are even' slow song that grows and grows to an explosive finish. Superb, Gorgeous simple but no less brilliant ending.
9.`The Runner' a lighter song, builds from that guitar sound I love with a massive chorus, awesome!!
10.`Doubt' starts with just his vocals, tinged with sadness, makes me think of `Jeff Buckley' a bit in his singing, again any comparisons are a massive compliment. I love this song, really sad sounding. Builds at the end...really gorgeous end to a gorgeous album. Not a weak song, leaves me going back to the start and starting again and again.
I am happy to have boxer rebellion in my life!!
Incredible album that will sit next to my other favourite albums that bring these feelings, if you love this you will love:
Radiohead In Rainbows
Damien Rice 9
Jeff Buckley Grace