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The best laid plans...
on 14 October 2013
Time for a little bit of perspective amid all the glowing 5-star reviews.
For very much the same reason that Midlake's "The Courage of Others" proved a less enthralling listening experience than its immaculate predecessor, Israel Nash Gripka's follow-up to the epic "Barn Doors And Concrete Floors" suffers from a narrowing of musical outlook. This one's a much more low-key affair, the songs seem more derivative and are consequently less memorable.
Admirable though it may be to have resisted the opportunity of merely replicating the successful formula, the feeling lingers that some of this particular baby seems to have gone out with the bathwater, noticeably that sense of carefree abandon that so characterised the artist's previous work. Oh for a "Fool's Gold" or "Red Dress".
But there are some special moments, the title track chief amongst them.