|2. Truck On|
|3. Staring At The Sun|
|4. The Average Man|
|5. The Commuter|
|7. Loveís An Enigma|
|8. Supertramps & Superstars|
|9. Kids Donít Care|
|11. No News + hidden track|
Self-produced and self-recorded on his own 8 track, it's a project that feels remarkably free of artist indulgence and the flabby excesses of ego with a recording contract. The Blur vibe is most prevalent on opener "Hello" (with the druggy, juvenile "Truck On" even sounding like a Gorillaz cut in places) but don't be fooled, as the songs twist and turn through a variety of different poses and influences. So, part Beck, part Jason Downes (without feather) and part cheap, tatty, yet expertly deployed second-hand technology, it's a lo-fi production with high ambitions which succeeds in nearly everything it attempts. --Ben Johncock
Anyone who likes Beck, Polyphonic Spree, Badly Drawn Boy and Bob Dylan will enjoy this.
Anyway, as soon as I discovered he had released this album a made sure I got a copy straight away. I was a little apprehensive that it wouldn't live up to the stunning live show. But my word it did. On first listen some tracks jump out at you immediately, such as "Staring at the Sun" with its catchy guitar line and sing-along chorus, and also "Average Man" which has a Dylan-esque sound, but given the modern smample-happy treatment. But on further listens you start to really get into other tracks such as the attack on working-life drudgery that is "The Commuter", "Kid's Don't Care" with its so-laid-back-its-almost-horizontal chorus and also the swirling, atmospheric "Love's enigma". In fact every track is a gem and you'll find yourself listening to it over and over again - I bought the album in October 2003 and have listened to it regularly since. Its got everything - songs you can sing along to, songs to tap your feet along to, as well as some great tunes to chill-out to. All-in-all its the best album I've bought in a long time, and a highly recommended live act too. BUY THIS ALBUM, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!
No flash, to effects...just amazing music.
If you have the chance, see him live as well. It's everything you ever want in a great live show.
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