on 20 May 2009
They won over a lot of people with their first album 'Wolves', and this eagerly awaited second offering is sure to do the same. They've gone for a harder sound this time around and they're all the better for it, coming across like a blend of Mogwai and Nick Drake. They're supremely talented musicians and they prove it time and again here, key changes and shifts in time signature that would have been shaky on the debut are now done effortlessly and the arrangements are lovely throughout. Finger-picked guitars twinkle like stars at midnight, three- and four-part harmonies soar like swallows in summertime and the fiddle playing is just gorgeous.
It's an intelligent album - musically, lyrically, sonically - played with real feeling by a band who are unconcerned with current musical trends and are clearly completely in love with what they do. It's no wonder the NME didn't like it.
If it's a literate, earthy, atmospheric album you seek then look no further than this. It sounds wonderful now as the summer approaches, but, like it's predecessor, it will be best served in the darker months with a roaring fire, your favourite cardigan and a bottle of good red wine. Highly recommended.
Yet another small wonder from Scotland.
There are great things stirring north of the border
and My Latest Novel's new album 'Deaths and Entrances'
is one of them.
Primitive, even a little pagan, this music works
on the emotions intricately from the inside out.
The folk-like compositional structures are enriched
by a fervent, almost febrile, imaginative spirit.
Music of the sky and of the soil.
The wonderful song 'Lacklustre', for example is anything but.
Melody, lyrics and creative zeal rarely achieve such unity.
Likewise 'I Declare A Ceasefire'; literate, unpredictable
and potently moving. A towering performance.
Lead singer Mr Deveney has a marvellously expressive voice.
The harmonies provided by his cohorts are, likewise,
always fully alive and unconventional.
The fragile 'A Dear Green Place' is a gorgeous song.
There are so many good tunes on this
album it can barely contain itself !
'Argument Against The Man', with its echoing epic percussion,
is the magical high-point of this truly mesmerising project.
The inner potency it projects is nothing less than electrifying.
Closing track 'The Greatest Shakedown' delivers a sublime conclusion.
Yet Another Of The Finest Albums Of 2009.
on 20 June 2009
The sophomore release from Scotland's My Latest Novel is quite possibly better than their stunning debut 'Wolves'.
The music is best defined as indie-folk, and is gorgeous, uplifting, and spellbinding. Through the use of guitars, violins, xylophones and keyboard they weave a fascinating web of folk inspired rock music, filled with uplifting and soul searching lyrics.
The best tracks on the album are opener 'All in All in All is All' which builds to a great finale, and 'I Declare a Ceasefire', my personal favourite with its rousing climax.
Another fantastic Scottish band with anther fantastic album.
on 23 September 2011
I can't believe how little notice so many people have taken of My Latest Novel. This album is 10/10, absolutely amazing from start to finish. It was hard to beat 'Wolves' but they have managed it and then some. Difficult 2nd album? No chance, a total success.
If anyone can point out 2 more beautifully crafted songs as 'Dear Green Place' and 'I Declare a Ceasefire' I'd like to hear.
Its now nearly 2012 and this album remains one of the 5 most played on my MP3 player.