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How good melancholy songs can be...
on 30 May 2009
After a friend recommended the album, and seeing the video for Ghosts on MTV2 (which looks like a bit of German art-house stop animation with a sock rabbit), I felt compelled to buy this.
Four Winds is a good example of the Lightning Seed's trademark fatalism delivered with a typical English air of quirkily befuddled melancholy, and set to jangly, uplifting pop tunes which counteracts the bitter aftertaste of Brodie's lyrics. If people want to feel utterly miserable after listening to sad songs, it's up to them (and I would recommened Bjork, Yoko Ono and maybe Radiohead). Before I get lynched, I am aware of the personal tragedy behind it, but this album is a masterclass on how to write decent sad, yet reflective tunes without giving the listener the urge to slash their wrists.
Stand out tracks on this album, in my opinion are "On a Day Like This", "Don't Walk on By" and yes, "Ghosts" which I feel are near perfect examples to showcase how complete conviction and pure emotion can be conveyed intelligently and thoughtfully, set to deceptively simple sounding melodies wonderfully, which is part of the Lightning Seed's unique and endearing charm.
Why 4 stars? It's a lovely, melodic album with wonderful lyrics and catchy tunes, which is great to listen to - but that's it. People who are hoping for a new direction will be shocked about the turn towards a sound wich is reminiscent of more stripped down version of Cloudcuckooland, but pleasantly so - other fans will see his as a nod towards Brodie's solo work.
With this being the first Lightning Seeds album in 10 years, some fans might be a bit disappointed with there being only 10 tracks on offer. But with all good song-writing, it's about quality and not quantity, and this album really does leave you wanting more. Writing this review, with Four Winds playing away, on a gloriously sunny day after a week from hell, I want to go and fight the world again (and dig out Cloudcuckooland later!).
I salute you on some great songwriting, just don't leave the next Lightning Seeds album for another decade next time, Ian!