- Audio CD (26 Aug 2004)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Mailboat Records
- ASIN: B000089HD8
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. To The Open Spaces|
|2. Life Is Sweet|
|3. After Life|
|4. Be My Joy|
|5. High Dive|
|6. My Friend Foe|
|7. In Your Constellation|
|8. Love Doesn't Love|
|9. We Pair Off|
|10. No Gala|
|11. Non Religious Building|
|12. Something Similar|
|13. From Our T.V. Teens To The Tomb|
|14. Worry Birds|
High Dive should correct that balance, with cracking tunes in styles ranging from the country to music hall.
every song is stuffed with hooks and counter melodies, horns and strings and synths and strummed acoustic guitars giving a pastoral occasionally melodramatic sound.
best of the bunch is "From our tv teens to the tomb" most likely about McKee and her half brother(that bloke from Love who wasn't Arthur Lee). It's like something from a musical about a wannabe rock band, that never quite gets past the "grand ideas" & "practising 5 years" and spend "forever in their rooms"
other highlights are the title track with it's warmly funny lyric and subtle horn arrangement, and (A new, more idyllic version of previous albums title track) "Life Is Sweet".
it ends with the dramatic country twang of "Worry birds" which could easily be her nearest new rival Neko Case (a v good thing)
it's ace basically, a fine balance between her country roots, early poppy solo material and more recent indie noise-ness.