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This review is from: Bread and Circuses (Audio CD)
The first memory of The View which comes back to my mind's eye
positions vocalist Kyle Falconer centre-stage on Jools' 'Later'
show sometime in 2007, singing 'Same Jeans' from their debut
album 'Hats Off To The Buskers' though a lank veil of hair and 3D
acne. His diction was refreshingly uncompromising. I sort-of
didn't really want to like them but they won me over with their
naivete and convincingly straight-forward way with a good song.
Four years on and three albums in and it seems to me that this fine
little band still knows how to deliver a barrel full of the right stuff!
'Bread and Circuses' is a winner. There are 13 tracks in the set and it
is more than possible to sing along to more than a few of them. It's
clearly had major-league moolah thrown at it and Youth's production gives
the band a deeper, fuller sound than we have come to know but this is
not a bad thing. The View's unique energy remains blissfully intact.
There are some cracking tunes here. Not least amongst them the
rollicking opening track 'Grace' (doubtless a storming live number!);
the lovely dancehall knees-up 'Girl', which had me grinning from ear
to ear; the pristine anthemic soulful perfection of 'Friend', with its
clever bitter-sweet lyrics and winning harmonies and the techicolour
sixties splendour of 'Best Lasts Forever'. Uplifting and inspiring!
Final track 'Witches' delivers a wonderfully daft hootennany ending!
The View have gone from strength to strength. Everywhichway 'Bread
and Circuses' ticks all the boxes. An album to savour and to treasure.