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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous, eclectic, modern pop music!, 24 Jun. 2008
This review is from: Rest Now Weary Head You Will Get Well Soon (Audio CD)
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This is an excellent album of modern, eclectic pop music from Konstantin Gropper's band "Get Well Soon". It is made up of the best of the songs that he has written over the past three years and, as a result, makes for a very strong debut album.

Perhaps the most noticeable thing about the music is the variety of styles and instrumentation on offer! The song construction itself is conventional, so that the mystique and wonder comes from the mix of styles and instrumentation. There is plenty of melody throughout the album such that, despite the tempo slowing a tad too much about two-thirds of the way through, the songs are quite catchy, particularly once you've heard them a few times.

The lyrics are great fun too - wonderful observations on modern life, and whilst written in an unusual style, fit the music well.

So, "Rest Now Weary Head You Will..." is a pop album which draws its influences from a number of sources: I can hear French traditional sounds, Mexican brass, "traditional" rock guitar etc. I have seen the music described as indie, folk and country! I can certainly see the connections to indie, and perhaps folk, not so sure about country - but these are probably the amongst the influences that the band have used, and some are more noticeable than others when it comes to their own final sound.

For me, the band is most successful when it is playing up-tempo or mixing the tempo up within a song. There is a section of the album from "We are safe inside..." to "Witches! Witches!..." where the tempo is just too consistently slow for my taste and i don't enjoy these four songs as much as the others.

The album starts in fine style with slow tempo xylophones and keyboards in "Prelude", sounding a little like "electronica", before the tempo is suddenly raised in an explosion of rock guitar, violin, drums and mantric chanting of the album's name - an extremely effective opening which sets the scene for the album as a whole.

My favourites from this strong selection of songs are the opener; "you/aurora/you/seaside" with its twenties-dance opening, Mexican brass and tempo changes; "people magazine front cover"; "if this hat is missing...", which with manages to sound pleasantly like a subdued Black Holes & Revelations-period Muse; and "lost in the mountains...", which sounds anthemic with its "you're gonna save the world" refrain and driving guitar - absolutely wonderful!

In conclusion, despite the reservation above, this is quite simply a stunning album of modern pop music that the great bands of the past, such as The Beatles, would have been proud of. With the reservation, my actual rating is four and a half stars, but as you can't split the rating on Amazon, I have to go for the full 5, because 4 stars only would not do this great album justice.

Enjoy!
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