Firstly, let's get over the hype. This album has been vaunted as this years 'Cast Of Thousands' - Elbow, or 'Last Broadcast' - Doves. Well, it's not.
It starts in great style with the first three tracks hitting pretty spectacular heights, but it struggles to maintain the pace from then on. The fact that I have given it four stars indicates that it is a good record, but to be fair to South, it is cruel to compare the record with the two aforementioned titles.
With that aside, what should the listener expect? Stirring tunes with good melodies, power and grace and one or two songs that will stay with you throughout this year and the next. In fact, it seems a shame to criticise this record, but for me it falls down with a slightly muddy production, which leaves the vocals too deep in the mix.
It's a good record and bodes very well for the future, but I do think to myself with a better producer it could have been as great as many magazines and previous reviewers have suggested.