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This review is from: Through The Windowpane (Audio CD)
In this current climate, there is clearly a saturation of the indie/alternative genre, all looking to release average formulaic songs, marketed to the extreme in order to secure sales. So therefore, it is always great to see bands refuse to conform, such as Guillemots have done. It is undeniably difficult to separate the very good from the average, which is why I am overjoyed to have discovered this record; light years away from many albums produced by bigger bands, namely The Killers, Razorlight etc. the list goes on.
Indeed, Fyfe Dangerfield has an excellent voice, one which is used in falsetto appropriately, and the use of echo and fading adds extra emphasis to his lyrics.
Trains to Brazil, Through the Window Pane and Sao Paulo are particular favourites of mine.
The key aspect of the album is its avant-garde approach, best displayed in the final track which is a brilliantly ''composed'' track. I say composed as classical elements are evident throughout the album, but is fully expanded on in Sao Paulo, a daring move in my opinion. It definitely pays off, as the 11 minute masterpiece will simply blow you away, as each aspect drives emotion and provokes anticipation within the listener, something I haven't witnessed in contemporary generic music.
A beautiful record, and I fully appreciate it.