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This review is from: SEVEN DIALS (Audio CD)
Let's face it, Roddy Frame is hardly prolific is he? But you have to hand it to him - his quality control is phenomenal.
I pre-ordered my copy of Seven Dials and while I was at it I booked up for Birmingham Town Hall in December, then settled back to wait.
My first impression of this album was that it had three or four great tracks and the rest somehere between good and ok. But as we all know, there's always more to a Roddy Frame album than you think - and sure enough, by the end of the second listen I had revised my opinion. Bar one slightly (to my ears) clumsy guitar break on "The Other Side", this is a great piece of work.
Roddy has really grown into his voice over the years and pitches his writing perfectly, his melodies are excellent and the lyrics are, of course, always worth listening to.
Highlights are "Postcards" - the mood is all Steely Dan...although I trust that Roddy didn't agonise for nine months over each individual note like Steely Dan would...and "Rear View Mirror" which is jazzy in a wonderful way - rather than a "Losing the will to live" kind of way.
But really - it's all effortlessly great. As always.
Roll on December!!!