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4.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Debut, 14 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Mercury (Audio CD)
It's a shame this was released in the same week as SFA's new album, the genius of which puts this in the shade a little. Still, it's one of the better straight indie debut since Travis' Good Feeling. There's no doubting the presence of some cracking tunes, but I feel that the album is very slightly let down by the pacing. Whilst there's not a bad track in sight, it could really do with a couple more uptempo numbers to fit alongside "When You Sleep", "Nowhere" and "Further". Also, as a fan with the first three singles, I already own half of the songs here. Whilst most are better produced, "When You Sleep" suffers a little from overproduction, with some bizzare and offputting feedback running in the background throughout the song.
I'm not sure where the idea that Longview are Christian rockers came from. I've seen an interview from the band saying otherwise, and frankly, mentioning God in a song hardly makes a band Christian. Heck, The Flaming Lips had several songs with Jesus mentioned in them, and they're not at all religious. Comparing them to nu-metal Christian dullards, POD, is just silly though. Also, I'd compare this band to Haven and early Travis, more than, say, Elbow. In my view, Elbow are deathly dull (yes, I have listened to them), whereas Longview have a special creative spark. I just hope it doesn't die after the first album, like Travis' did.
Overall, this album is extremely recommended for indie fans, and, though a little overproduced in places, is strong throughout. But, I think they've got a bit further to go before they can touch the likes of Seafood and Dawn Of The Replicants for creativity. I first saw them supporting Easyworld at the start of the year, and though not quite up to their standard, it's clear there's plenty of promise in this band.
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