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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm Fuzzy Pop Logic, 14 Jan 2014
The Wolf (uk) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Forever (Audio CD)
Given my advanced years I remain open to anything which points back in
time towards the Summer Of Love. An ageing hippie with a spoiled dream.
I was pleased, therefore, to meet the acquaintance of Painted Palms.
Cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme are certainly far too
young to remember the misguided spirit of late-sixties San Fransisco
but they have a jolly good crack at re-imagining it for themselves.

What they have done with their debut album 'Forever' is string together a
fine set of twelve songs which positively drip with psychedelic nostalgia.
They truly do know how to construct a good tune and their exemplary vocal
harmonies nail a sense of time and space with guileless and youthful alacrity.

At times there's a whiff of Rufus Wainwright about their inventions, especially
a number like 'Soft Hammer' which shares a fleeting kinship with 'Sanssouci'
from 'Release The Stars' (2007) but there's more than enough imagination
running backwards and forwards between this talented pair for us not
to dwell overlong on the influences which have informed their muse.

'Here It Comes' jingles and jangles along dreamily on a cloud of patchouli
scented incense; 'Sleepwalking', after a somewhat uncertain introduction,
settles down into a perfect slice of kaftan-wrapped hippie heaven and final
track, the gorgeous 'Angels' saves the best tune of the bunch until last.

Painted Palms play it like they mean it and I found myself believing.

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