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Something of a Masterpiece,
This review is from: Twice Born Men (Audio CD)
I bought this album after reading the 5 star review in the Sunday Times. There are only a handful of these a year so I thought it worth a punt and I've been playing it pretty much non stop ever since.
Twice Born Men's opening track introduces a refrain of just a few notes played on electric guitar which is mirrored in the final track, There Will It End. For all the textures, layers and complexity of what lies between, this simplicity and immediacy of sentiment pervades the whole. Twice Born Men is a brilliantly complete record that is captivating, elemental and, at times, heart breaking. This is a piece of music that will stay with you.
The album is a voyage, full of yearning, of life and love, a sweetly melancholic journey brave enough to acknowledge the goodbyes we must make along the way. The lyrics are incredibly evocative, beautifully served by the album artwork, and the music unlike anything else I've heard - complex, unusual, melodious, discordant, exhilarating and mournful - all of these combining effortlessly without ever losing the album's narrative thread.
For me, what makes Twice Born Men so special is that the album achieves the very rare feat of maintaining intensity throughout - it creates its own realm of existence into which you are swept by the exquisite songwriting - so that when the record finishes and the journey is done you'll feel a little wiser and a little sadder - and a little bit unsure of what to do next. Thoroughly recommended.