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Are you the one that I've been waiting for?,
This review is from: Beachcomber's Windowsill (Audio CD)
For many people this debut will have been a long time coming. What it delivers is basically their live sound, which is most probably what most of us were hoping for. Brian's lyrics and vocal delivery leave you with the impression that the world would be a rather more decent place if someone were to do the honourable thing and appoint him as its king. Oliver's bass playing is a thing of true melodic beauty (and a source of some not inconsiderable personal jealousy) and Jon seems to have the knack of just absolutely nailing his parts on whatever instrument he chooses.
What I find odd in the other reviews I've read is that they seem to concentrate on "Zorbing" and "We Are the Battery Human". Personally I find Zorbing to be a little too close to Dragon's Den's Hamfatter for comfort and whilst We Are the Battery Human is a good concept and a first listen novelty, I find both to be eminently skippable. Where they score for me is primarily on their slow-burners, most particularly "Fuel Up" which has the most wonderful lyrics that will reach out to an awful lot of people and an arrangement to die for, with Jon's organ playing and Ollie's bass underpinning the whole song beautifully. "End of the Movie" is a similarly beautiful and honest piece of work, the piano part on "Coldharbour Road" evokes the ocean in a way I can't even begin to understand and "Boats and Trains" is just a very sweet little song. Of the more upbeat tracks "I Saw You Blink" is simplistic, but a grower that seeps it's way into your brain (it also has the unfortunate distinction of having a pretty terrible video, notwithstanding budget limitations!) and "Watching Birds" hints at a rockier direction they could easily take if the fancy took them.
In essence, the whole is not quite perfect but there's an ample amount of perfection within that more than justifies five stars. They're the kind of band who can make you reconsider the type of band you'd like to be in. Let's just hope this release doesn't get overshadowed by the rather less imaginative Mumford and Sons album. I know which I'd rather spend my money on.