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A Grower...but well worth sticky with
, 21 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Exile (MP3 Download)
I loved Happiness, it was a perfect pop album with some truly outstanding tracks on it, so i was very much looking forward to Exile (Even though title track "Miracle" left me feeling a bit grey.
This album is a grower though, it took a few listens but eventually the darkness of the album fades and slowly little chicks of light start to shine through until eventually it hits you, there are some cracking songs on here, The songwriting can seem a bit amateurish at times but it doesn't distract from the overall feel of the album, On first listen i was wondering why they had moved into Muse/Coldplay territory but after a few listens it does make sense and they have evolved into a really good "live" band as some of these songs are stadium anthems.
1 Exile - It's an ok album opener i suppose, some nice bass beats and sets up the listener to what is to come
2 Miracle - Sounds like a coldplay rip off, I'm not overly keen on this one.
3 Sandman - Wow, who knew Hurts could pull this off, Kanye West soundtrack, It's an average track for me but likeable
4 Blind - Another track which could easily be covered by Coldplay, but this is a fantastic track with an uplifting chorus, contender for track of the album...for me.
5 Only You - A nice nightime driving song this one, sound quite haunting in parts
6 The Road - This could very easily have come straight from the Happiness album, very Hurts
7 Cupid - Where did those guitars come from, sounds like a muse track in parts, like this but doesn't seem quite finished.
8 Mercy - parts of this remind me of Muse but also bits of remind me of Invisible by Pet Shop Boys, nothing wrong with that but this seems a bit weak to me, Not keen on the chorus for some reason.
9 The Crow - Beautifully written, yes it sounds a bit like wicked game among others and that's no bad thing in my book
10 Somebody To Die For - Love it, fantastic track, huge anthemic chorus and will be a real crowd pleaser at their live shows
11 The Rope- A nice enough track but not enough to keep me interested, it's catchy though
12 Help - Wow, it starts of beautiful, but by the time the 2 minute mark comes in it takes your breathe away, the choir is fantastic, this will be amazing live, up there with their best...Elton John on Piano, and around the 3:20 mark you would forgiven for thinking that the Edge is on guitar.
13 Heaven - The "danciest" track on the album, this will produce some great remixes, and on it's own it would be a great single...and the most Coldplay sounding track on the album (especially the chorus which has a Charlie Brown feel to it)
14 Guilt - A great slow album closer for me, nicely written and nicely played on the piano.
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