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'Crown and anchor me',
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This review is from: Crown and Treaty (Audio CD)
Every now and again an album release shatters all my expectations and re-sets the bar. Here's one.
Although a regular on my players, I think I was intrigued more than anything by Twice Born Men and consequently found myself looking forward with great anticipation to Crown and Treaty, waiting to see what he'd do next, hoping that it would be a real development. I need not have worried - it's a giant leap forward. Initially impressive and readily accessible with interesting chord progressions, particularly Kracklite, searing melodies and strong hooks, it rewards repeated listening to reveal the full effect of the lush harmonies and dense instrumentation which give it such a broad soundscape. Thoughtful, intelligent lyrics only add to the overall impact and experience.
It's a natural development from Twice Born men, much more cohesive, and with less of the fragility and Sylvian-esque twitchyness (and I'm a big DS fan).
I'd sort of compare this progression to Aqualung's organic development through his albums. I know we like to see what other artists people think someone sounds like - it helps us pitch a point of reference. I'd go along with most of the artists mentioned in various other reviews, but would stress The Blue Nile and add Colin Vearncombe (as possibly the closest vocally), Aqualung and Everything Everything.
Standouts? Joyful Reunion, Archeology, Blakefield Gold.....actually you've just got to listen to it all. Blue Sky Falls rounds the album off with absolute perfection in all it's anthemic majesty. Trouble is - you won't be able to resist the temptation to play the whole album again. Wonderful stuff!
"Senior Kracklite, do you dream?" Oh yes.