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Thank god for Charles and Rebecca..
on 29 October 2011
I'm a 37 yr old northerner who enjoys Guns n Roses, Stone Roses, Faith No More etc. I did not intend to fall in love with Charles & Rebecca. Yeah, their 1st album is lovely, the b sides are sassy & their live show is energetic. But this record takes any preconceptions, screws them tidyly into a neat little ball, takes them into next doors porch, sets fire to em & shoves em through the letterbox. I'm not kidding when I say this is the record of the last 10 years. And its your record now. 'Two cousins' sucks you in with its poppy funky gospel rockiness. Yeah, i like this says mr mondeo thinking he's cool. 'If we're still alive' pushes him into the central reservation with its spikyness thank christ. 'Never look back' is easily the biggest anthem since Live Forever. If Noel had wrote it we'd be lining up to shake his hand. 'Where we're waking' is their current live opener 'I can see you looking at me, you got the brains, i got the body' Rebecca tells us, accurately. So far, so great. 'Hackney Marshes' & 'Beginners' are possible album highlights (aren't they all ?) 'You, Earth or Ash' takes us into 'Sorry about the Doom' Territory but pushes us over no mans land with '& i know, soon you'll go, and all will pass..' Rebecca's vocals are outstanding throughout but she seems to find something extra for this song about her grandpa. You almost feel 'Gold Mountain' might be a fitting emotional end to the album. Whoa!! Hold those horses. 'The dog' reminds us of 'Giving up on Love' in a really good way. Proper last song 'Horses Jumping' is a fitting 5 minutes of loveliness where Charles takes us on a ride along heartbreak street with 'now we talk coz its new again, and thats worth waiting for' before reminding us that 'good love is hard to forget'. Utter magic that most bands cannot achieve in a lifetime but Charles & Rebecca rattle off ever few minutes. The not so secret track 'Paradise' reminds us of simple human desires 'i wanna live in paradise, i wanna see if i can do through your eyes'. The whole album is pure emotion, heartache & eventual joy. You'd have to be dead on the inside not to enjoy it.