7 years on, Meiburg finds his voice,
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This review is from: Rook (MP3 Download)
Rook is the album of 2008. The songs are all-of-a-piece, with the unity of sound reminding of 'Astral Weeks'. This is a far, far stronger album than say, Shearwater's 'Winged Life' or 'Everybody Makes Mistakes'. Those albums had both flaky vocals and tunes in comparison. Sometimes his vocals are hard to listen to in light of how he sounds now. It seems so tentative and undercooked compared to the amazing Rook.
That voice captures the listener as the earlier Scott Walker's did. Singing the telephone directory would be fine with such an awe-inspiring instrument. Scott Walker may be far, far the superior in terms of lyrics ('Scott 3') but the voice and music of Shearwater still produce something first-rate. On the album, this vocal talent is more muted than hearing them live. Many bands can't bring forth the perfect take that they made in the studio, whereas this band produces a better take of an excellent album live, without the restraint of production.