A slow burn, but wonderful when you give it time,
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This review is from: The Olympus Sound (Audio CD)
Pugwash are a band out of time. The songs could be from a long lost ELO album, or even a rediscovered Beatles reunion.
I came to this via Duckworth Lewis Method (Pugwash main man is the other half of DLM to Neil Hanlon, AKA The Divine Comedy). It does not have the instant catchiness nor the obvious wit of DLM or Divine Comedy, but the tunes, the sound and the lyrics are all excellent, if at first a little samey. What is undeniable are the great pop "hooks" in the tracks, all of which stick in the mind and niggle away until you go back to them and learn them. This catchiness and superficial lightness run somewhat counter to what are, for the most part, songs of broken and betrayed love.
Having been a little underwhelmed on first listening I found myself playing it again. And again, until now it's rising up my iTunes "most Played" list. Well worth a punt if you like good old fashioned song writing and tunes.