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warm and quite lovely
on 22 January 2008
I was a bit underwhelmed by this album when I first listened to it. I thought it was a bit overproduced and maybe even a bit bland. Bland is a very subjective term though isn't it? I doubt the thousands of people that funded this release through the Sellaband website, or the scores of people on these very pages that clearly love this album would ever call it bland. With that in mind, I listened to it again, and again, and eventually everything began to make sense. It's not bland. It's warm, sincere and really quite lovely.
As to what it sounds like, the one band that kept coming to mind was Sugar Ray and there hit Every Morning. On the hip-hop tinged Wise Words, there's hints of Manu Chao and strangely enough there are chiming Colplay guitars and piano pretty much all over the place. It seldom works better than on the anthemic Lights Fade, but it's perhaps surprising that it works at all. There in lies the clever thing about this album. Although it doesn't sound particularly original, it's full of moments that you don't expect, and combinations of styles that you wouldn't expect to work together that do. Take probably one of the finest moments on the album. For two minutes and fifty second My World is quite a pretty unasuming acoustic ballad, and then it launches into something that sounds like Glorious by Andreas Johnson. The big guitars come in, the vocals become processed and it all gets a little too much for the hairs on the back of your neck.
In January, this album makes a rainy drive to work almost bearable. I reckon when the sun comes out, I might even look forward to it.