on 18 September 2003
Mojave 3 can not put a foot wrong. It was always going to be difficult to follow up the previous 3 long players but they have come back with a bigger, technically better and more mature sound. The melodies and harmonies shine through as always and whilst they have that Mojave 3 sound stamped all over it, their are hints of others in the music such as Beta band, Beach Boys and even a touch of Floyd. This is evident especially in the epic album opener 'Bluebird of Happiness' at over 7 minutes long mixes ambience and rock with a spine-tingling guitar riff. The remainder see's a combination of acoustic folky rock and slightly more upbeat pop with the expected deep heartfelt lyrics unsurprisingly focused on broken hearts. I'm not convinced that this is their best record but it's definitely a grower and up to the standard I expect from a band that are simply second to none. Top Quality!
on 13 October 2003
Great album, even better than previus. Better produced, depper sound and detailed soundscapes. I can only recommend this, and would just for others who might not have noticed recommend Neil Halstead's solo album as well - equally amazing. There is just nothing more soft, smooth and pensive than the halstead-mojave sound. Here with clear beachboys remnants, among others.
on 16 September 2003
As far as I am concerned, Mojave 3 can not put a foot wrong. The previous 3 albums have been different class but this is different. Much more of an epic record and a bigger sound than before incorporating multi-instruments. There are slight hints of musical similarities - Beta Band, even a touch of Pink Floyd but this still has the Mojave 3 sound stamped all over it. The stand-out opening track 'Bluebird of Happiness' is an epic 7 minute plus track that combines ambience and rock which after the first few listens grabs you from within. The remainder combines upbeat and an acoustic melodic sound with the expected heartfelt lyrics, much about life experiences and broken hearts. After the early listens, I am not convinced that this is their best but it's definitely a grower and technically bigger and better than before. There is no band around today that even comes close to Mojave 3 and this record proves why.