this has got to be the best collection of songs that Cerys has ever made (including Catatonia ) . This is an album like albums used to be made , songs that each have a standout quality of their own , but when heard together sound like they are from the same place. The single Arlington Way has been a big hit on the radio , I must have heard it a dozen times , but it sounded like a huge breath of fresh air when it kicks off the album here , and then "Into The Blue " comes gently in . "Woke up this morning like I've always done , with a strong cup of coffee and a sense of things to come , I raise my arms to the sky just to see if they have grown , seems the longer that you live , the more there is to know " .It's immediate and sounds like a hit single , but after the four plays I have given this album today , it just doesn't wear .
I keep picking up great one liner lyrics each time I listen .
"The Captain Needs A Ship "sounds like a wayward sea shanty , "Aeroplane " has a stillness , easy to use the word beautiful every other word , but it truly is , alongside "Evelyn " . My favourite track is none of these (but all of them) . "It's What's Left " is just kickin , full on , with a drum break that may be among the best of all time , I can't think of ever hearing a song like it . I don't want to read reviews that always seem to say an album is the best an artist has made , or the worst come to that . BUT , this is such a brilliant "album" that it is more than just the best album that Cerys Matthews has ever sung on , it is the best album I have heard by a contemporary artist , i can't remember the last one to compare it too .