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on 12 July 2002
For anyone who likes this - you will really, really like it. Listen to this music. Forget the site review, forget this review and make up your own mind.
From the opening clash of Michael Timmins guitar chords on 'Crescent Moon', you might expect some pleasant enough rock. Pete Timmins' insistent drumming coming in might give you a hint of something more before the end of the introduction. The harmonica that does still that first passage could tell you that this isn't ordinary. But the voice that carries on the song should take you away somewhere special for the next few minutes. The guitar, the drums and bass, the harmonica are all still there but that soaring, pure, plaintive voice evokes something deep with those
ambiguous lyrics. And it ends. The harmonica wails a little and it's over.
Anyone who only knows the band from 'The Trinity Sessions' may be surprised by this album. The melancholy is still there but it's embedded in a more electric sound and it's much more their own voice. Moving on to the insistent beat of the second track, 'First Recollection', you might expect it to rock all the way; then they hit you with a track that's nearly country but with a slow, rising, then breaking melody; and words that mix romantic sentiment with a bleaker honesty.
If there is a part of you that likes a tinge of blue in music - occasionally nearly black - or a flash of angry red, mixed with just a little that's lighter - at least have a listen to a sample or two. I think you'll be hooked.