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5.0 out of 5 stars Urgent, Intoxicating Masterpiece!, 28 Feb 2012
This review is from: Animal Joy (Audio CD)
Shearwater have once again hit the heights with this magnificent new album. Urgent, pulsating, primal, passionate, uplifting, from the first to the last, this collection of songs wears its heart on its sleeve and hits you with a breathless intensity. Shearwater have moved forward with new confidence, bourn from the success of their last three albums (the Island Arc trilogy). Songs here, once again, build upon the band's key qualities - raw, plaintive piano, eager riffs, driving industrial percussion and Meiburg's haunting, hovering baritone. However, there is more of a rocky feel overall, and fewer quieter reflective moments.
`Animal Life' kicks off the album (with riffs which `The National' would be proud), a driving buoyant beast . Likewise `Breaking the yearlings' continues in a similar vein, with twangy guitar, handclaps merging into organ, like an indie rock Duran Duran on an experimental bent. `Dread Sovereign' slows us down, with chunky guitar and handclaps that melt into a sea of reverbed sound - a chance for a breath! `You as you were' with the band's signature piano tapping, builds up layers and momentum like an Indie Coldplay (I mean that in a good sense!)
`Immaculate' is as close as they get to a mainstream sound - a fast moving indie guitar and drum fest. `Pushing the River', with its underlying driving bass riff, driving drum rhythms, distant chanting background vocals and feedback driven guitar gliding on the wall of sound could sail on for ten minutes and you wouldn't get bored. One feels slightly cheated at under five minutes! If there's one addition some songs call for, it's a bit more self indulgence, a longer feast for the ears - they certainly have the ability to produce swirling, complex rhythms, riffs and yearning vocals in a dense atmosphere of sound to recall Talk Talk at their most creative.
`Animal Joy' is a joyous album from a band on top form enjoying the moment in the sun. Luckily for us this doesn't take them into the mainstream. They are far too good to take that route.
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Initial post: 19 Mar 2012 21:44:13 GMT
S.R.J says:
why oh why would anyone give this review a negative vote? If you dont like the album fair enough but I fail to see what Patrick has said that merits a negative. Urghhh some people. Anyway, fine album and hearfelt review.
S.R.J

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2012 22:32:36 GMT
Many thanks for your support. It was heartfelt and justified, I believe!

Posted on 14 Apr 2012 08:42:44 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear P.S.

A really splendid review of a terrific album. Well done!
I love it more and more with each listen!

Best Wishes

The Wolf
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