Absolutely stunning, polished, debut album! I bought this yesterday having caught one of the boys' tracks at Glastonbury and have not been able to stop listening to it since. There are so many great things about it. The lyrics are sublime. Not the most original always, but definitely honest, heartfelt and intensely moving in places.
"Coming down" is a dreamy, kaleidoscopic masterpiece. "Step into the light" has amazing breaks of beat someway in then settles into a beautiful vocal rhythm which stays in your head. "Close my eyes", "Just Want to Live" and "Bring me down" could all bring huge commercial success on the level of Snow Patrol or Keane - the latter definitely prime candidate for an accomplished anthemic single, and finally the symphonic melancholy of "Daybreak" - pure beauty.
One of its greatest features is that every song is over 4 minutes long. This is rare, especially in first albums of bands eager to impress with a quick-hitting range of different sounds, but also makes it much, much easier to get completely immersed in each track, listening to the range of pace, experimental chords, getting more from each one with every listen and frankly never wanting them to end.
My album of the year and definitely a band to watch!