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This review is from: Manners (Audio CD)
Well here's a cracking little album and make no mistake !
Light and breezy and cute as a button.
Music to make you smile ( ... and goodness knows we could
all do with a bit of cheering up these days ).
Mr Angelakos and his band of merry men deliver eleven
fine tracks on 'Manners', their first full-length studio outing.
A blissful liaison between electronica and pure pop sensibility.
Strong melodies, dance-friendly rhythms and exuberant energy aplenty.
Everything seems deftly placed exactly where it should be.
Mr A's falsetto is a remarkable instrument. It's the real deal; he doesn't
struggle for a moment with those stratospherically high top notes.
It is entirely suited to the somewhat febrile nature of the compositional style.
So much to enjoy !
Opening track 'Make Light' kicks things off to a very fine start.
A blissed-out, uplifting and totally infectious idea, artfully realised.
So too 'Little Secrets', solid as a rock and brimful of sunshine.
The kids' choral commentary is an inspired inclusion.
Other highlights include 'Moth's Wings', a gorgeous tune whose soaring
central vocal and complex harmonic additions is curiously affecting.
If we hear many more songs as lovely as 'Eyes As Candles' this year
I will be very surprised indeed. Truly beautiful !
'Seaweed Song', winding the album up, comes a very close second.
Messrs Angelakos, Hultquist, Al Adhamy, Apruzzese and Donmoyer
should be warmly congratulated for this sterling effort.
They can be justifiably proud of all they have given us here.
It feels like a gift.