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The perfect follow up to Chunk of Change,
This review is from: Manners (Audio CD)
Chunk of Change EP was the best EP I have ever listened to. It was unique, beautiful and creative. Whilst the lyrics were often bordering on sickly sweet they complemented the music so well and in the end you just couldn't help yourself but to smile.
Now after bringing together a full band and using instruments instead of a laptop we have Manners. And as my title suggests it is the perfect follow up. After first hearing The Reeling I knew I was in for a treat. Manners continues the synth driven sounds of the EP but adds much more depth, such as the use of other instruments aswell as childrens choir singing. These create at times avery different feel to the album. After my first listen I was happy that they pulled off such a great album and was in such a happy mood because the music itself on the whole is so cheery. Second listen though, the album seemed to expand, when closely listening to the lyrics you realise a slightly darker feel to them, plus songs like Swimming in the Flood and Seaweed stand out as being somethign very different. This is not to say that this makes Manners worse, quite the opposite, as they have shown that they can make an array of synth driven songs that impress on many levels. Also when I saw Sleepyhead was to be included I wondered if they would re-record it to match the theme of the new record, I was pleased to find that they had, whilst it is still essentially the same song, the differences are noticable. Whether it is better or not depends on the listener.
Overall a wodnerful album, the best so far of this year and one of the best albums I have listened to, I know it might seem it bit early to say this, but when an album is able to capture the same magic as Chunk of Chnage and also sounds unique and natural.