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Dunnery's songwriting as strong as ever
on 6 April 2012
Francis Dunnery once again tries something new, this time releasing an album that features no guitar! It goes without saying that this album is and will not be to everyone's liking. I have read many negative comments regarding the album so let me say the 1 star reviews are just as valid as my own.
Before dismissing Made In Space though lets start by saying the songwriting is top notch (as per usual). Frank does use a vocoder however I don't find this to be detrimental to the songs at all, it fits in well with the easy R&B vibe.
If your after It Bites style prog rock you'll be sorely disappointed, my advice would be to listen to this album with an open mind. Personally it's unlike any other album I have ever heard and admittedly is not the kind of music I would normally be partial to but Dunnery on the whole succeeds. The vocals harmonies with the talented Dorie Jackson are superb and after half a dozen plays the songs work their magic and have an undoubted charm about them.
Made In Space is not an easy listen - initially I thought 'all of these songs sound the same' - the songs are growers, stay with them and you may well be rewarded just like I was. The title track is magnificent and totally absorbing. Interestingly quite a few of these songs have been kicking around for years and years. 'Little Tears From A Big Pair Of Brown Eyes' is around 20 years old, ditto 'Bat Thing' & Haunted is also not a new track either, it does of course sound totally different though and like the album overall will divide opinions. For me, the album is far from perfect, I'd score it 7/10 and have rounded that up to 4 stars given Amazon's ratings system.
Many Dunnery fans will have probably heard Made In Space already by now however for those casual lurkers I'd advise to approach the album with an open mind. Frank so far, has never released the same kind of album twice and I for one wouldn't want him to either. Indeed if the next one is in the same style I'd be very disappointed. It's healthy to see an artist venture into the unknown and try something new, if it doesn't suit other peoples tastes quite frankly who cares. Francis clearly doesn't, he has remained true to himself as an arist and obviously accepted the days of mainstream commercial success are long gone. Fair play to him and roll on the next album!