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One to get excited about,
This review is from: Maroon (Audio CD)
It was the middle of September and music lovers across the UK were becoming alarmingly agitated. The summer of festivals with all their promise was little more than a distant memory while the only notable release on the horizon was Radiohead's Kid A, still weeks away and surrounded in sure to disappoint secrecy. Then from the shadows came The Webb Brothers, bursting onto the scene with their first album proper. The Music journalists went mental with everyone from the NME to the Times hailing this LP a Masterpiece. "More perfect than a debut has a right to be", declared The Guardian while Melody Maker, keeping their feet on the ground, called Maroon "A beautiful demonstration of how to write a sparkling, touching tune. It makes you feel uncomfortably, wonderfully, human again".
Not wishing to appear out of touch, I thought I'd inspect the hype and give Maroon the once over myself.
Trying to sum up this record is hopeless; the strange mixture of despondency and disaffection in the lyrics coupled with wayward, sometimes pop-like harmonies is an uneasy union. Yet Maroon, unsettling as it is, remains addictively compelling. Opening tune, The Liars Club, about false happiness and bogus social codes, demonstrates the album's contradictory themes with its seemingly inappropriate catchy melody. While Fluorescent Lights is full of grand orchestration, talk of failed social events and endured unattractiveness. On the other hand Are You Happy Now? Features the repeated lyric "Happy, happy all smiles", and still manages to be the most downhearted track on the album. What exactly is going on!!?? Who knows? Who cares? What matters is that Maroon is a brilliantly unique record, the sort that gets played when all you want to do is cry, yet come track 13 you'll find yourself brimming with excitement and wearing a great big grin.
This is a really great record, never completely understood yet bizarrely simplistic and instantly appealing, you'll never grow tired of this one.