on 22 June 2002
Cousteau's latest album, "Sirena," is hardly an advance over their first, and that should suit their fans just fine. Once again, there's something here to complement the listener's every mood, especially if you're in the mood to make out. Once again, the music is a combination of influences-Bacharach, Pink Floyd, It's a Beautiful Day-in blue. And, once again, the music is grounded in some of the smokiest male vocals since Scott Walker's solo albums. Indeed, if anything, Liam McKahey's instrument seems to have grown in terms of suppleness and range (hasn't he gained an octave on "Peculiarly You" and "Please Don't Cry"?). Davey Ray Moor's music is by turns effervescent and morose, showing McKahey's baritone to gorgeous advantage. If I have one gripe, it's that the lyrics are once again pretty lightweight, if never less than serviceable. What's Hal David doing these days? Wouldn't if be great to team Moor with David and have Walker produce? Nothing quite as catchy here as "The Last Good Day of the Year" or "Wish You Were Her," but plenty of instantly likeable hooks. My picks for singles: "(Damn These) Hungry Times" and "Have You Seen Her."
on 23 February 2009
This is the second album from Cousteau. It actually may lack the highs and the lows but it is a complete winner.
A sort of blackly tinged Bacharach, crossed with other influences such as the Walker Brothers would be the best description and one that people have no doubt used before.
The power of the arrangements and strong melodies are there as on the first album. But what makes this posibly even better is the consistency of song writing and the power frrom Liam McKaheys voice.
The whole thing reminds me of dark late night lounge bars and I would love to be there!
on 5 February 2004
Cousteau's second album continues the darkly romantic smokey sexiness established in their strong debut album.If anything the voice of frontman McKahey has grown in range and expression.Stand out tracks are Peculiarly You, Please Don't Cry, Last Secret Of The Sea and Have You Seen Her.
Incidently there is news that their third album "NOVA SCOTIA" will be released under the name MOREAU because of threatened legal actions,on the label Endeavour.
More info is on their site....