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Parting is such sweet sorrow,
This review is from: Goodbye (Audio CD)
Beginning with a chopin-esque piano intro - a spare and stuttering melody - "Goodbye" marks a sophisticated step forward from the last Czars album, the wonderful "Ugly People vs Beautiful People". Where that album was a set of superior slices of Americana, "Goodbye" is an altogther richer affair, combining classical ("Goodbye", "Los"), jazz ("Little Pink House", "I Saw a Ship") and even electronica ("I am the Man") to produce an eclectic, but occassionally over-produced, sound.
The central themes of the album are loss, loneliness and isolation and Jon Grant's sonorous and chocolatey tenor suits the haunting elegiac feel of the album (except where bizarrely vocodered on the mushy-sounding "I am the Man").
The centrepiece of the album is the terrific "Los". The interplay between violin, piano and Grant's voice works beautifully and when he sings the central line "I want you to give back to me the child I never was", I defy your neck hairs not to stand to attention. Clearly this is heartfelt.
My only criticism is that the sound is occassionally cluttered. Grant's voice can stand on its own, but rarely does. Particularly for such personal material, I wonder whether a "less is more" approach may have worked better. This was true also of "Ugly/Beautiful". Now if Rick Rubin could get his hands on them...