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VINE VOICEon 6 May 2009
This is the second eponymous album from Swervedriver and Toshack Highway's Adam Franklin, following up on 'Bolts of Melody'.

If you're unfamiliar with Franklin, think mellow, sun-kissed and mildy psych-tinged guitar music, which varies from strong tunes to more blissed-out, but not quite drone-like numbers.

Overall this new album finds Franklin on continuing good form. Songs such as, err 'Bolts of Melody' shows he retains the ability to compose compelling and sophisticated material. Though his voice is a little more restrained than on previous efforts, it still has a good degree of emotion. With Sianspheric's Locksley Taylor and others providing backing instrumentation, the album maintains a high quality of musicianship.

So far so good - my only concern is with the production which, presumably intentionally, is less accentuated towards individual instruments and which has taken away some of the underlying bassiness which had underpinned the 'Bolts of Melody' album. Nothing wrong with someone modifying their sound or seeking new directions, but to my ears this has reduced the impact of much of the material. For example given the production of the 'Bolts of Melody' album, the opener 'Surge' would have a greater impact than it does.

Elsewhere, 'O Sweet Daughter' from the 'Everyday...' EP gets a revamp as 'It Hurts to See You Go', but whilst it's good to see it resurrected, it's lost some of the trippiness that I really liked about the original.

Still it's a good effort and if you're already a fan, or if you want to check AF out and prefer your garage-psych rock fairly light in texture, this may be the one for you.
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