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This review is from: The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night (Audio CD)
I must admit The Besnard Lakes hadn't registered with me until recently. Complicated but I bought their last album a few weeks back as a prelude to seeing them live (I know....usually you listen to the music 'before' you decide to go see a band...however). I read a few reviews and wasn't sure but plumped for buying 'Dark Horse' anyway. I really enjoyed it I have to admit, though I thought it a bit up and down, mainly because I got the impression the band hadn't settled on any particular style as such. Therefore some of the tracks grabbed me, some didn't. One track on the last album , 'Devastation' stood out though. Truly a great track.
Anyway - to the present offering... On the first few listens I'd say i prefer this. It IS still a mish-mash of different styles/influences/ideas. I can hear loads of influences here - Hawkwind to Godspeed You! by way of My Bloody Valentine. This album does however, feel more coherent to me. They do like their guitar solos which I must admit are not something I'm genuinely keen on. Saying that, when they do throw in a solo it does have a genuine air to it. Guitar solos for me are always in danger of pushing a song towards sounding ... well 'spandexy' or if not that like some kind of hideous '70s corporate rock'. When Besnard Lakes do it, they avoid that trap. I have to say I prefer those songs with female vocals but all the songs are good on here. Standout track for me though has to be 'Albatross'.
Good stuff (8/10)