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Almost but not quite,
This review is from: An End Has a Start (Audio CD)
This album is easy to enjoy but has a few faults for me that stop it being truly exceptional.
Firstly it follows the common practice of being front loaded.
Why is it that so many artists producers and record companies feel the need to put all the best songs near the beginning or on side one if it is a vinyl record?
Secondly in an effort to make the lead singers voice even more massive than it already is the vocals have been turned up in the mix.The trade off however leaves the bass on the light side.
Considering it is the same producer who did the recent Bloc Party album and indeed the same studio too,I dont get this.
There the vocals were big but decent bass too.Not massive,just good weight to keep the balance right.
Here on An End Has A Start, apart from the track Bones, the bass is markedly noticeable by its absence.
The Back Room has more bass weight although the overall sound level is not so loud due to the boosted vocals on this album.(Do a comparison if you dont believe me and also listen to Bloc Party too)
And thirdly and finally,that last track Well Worn Hand.
Just cant get into it I`m afraid.It might mean alot to the singer about his friend getting killed etc,but it doesnt mean anything to me as a song.
So I now have to finish the album on Spiders which while not being bad is nowhere near as good as an album closer as Distance from the debut.
All in all then good album but it doesnt blow me away like the first one did.
On the other hand though maybe I`m being unfair in expecting any band or artist to do it to me twice!