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I was lucky enough to be on tour with them when they supported Dave Giles. Catch them live, and pray that something goes wrong technically, and you might be treated to their acoustic Right Said Fred piano medley while the problem is sorted. Heartbreaking! There's something innately amazing about The Glock sadly caressing the keys while emoting "I'm too sexy for my shirt...."
But this is about their second record, the sublime 'Balloons'. It's every bit as amazing as their first album. But wait - am I using too many gushing adjectives already? No. I'm not. The songs are like an English twist on Eels, occasional tinkly toy sounds mix with acoustic guitars, piano and other keys, handclaps, strings, drums, layered vocals and intricately-weaving BVs that create smooth collages that get stuck in your brain. The lead vocals are more measured and reserved than E's, but no less affecting for it.
The songs? Too many good tracks to pick a favourite, but the continuing fascination with Balloons intoxicates. They're just fantastic. Plain and simple great songwriting. Uplifting and melancholy in equal measure, and often at the same time.
There's some good life advice here: don't let go of your balloon! Indeed, a childlike insistance pervades all, but make no mistake, this is a very aduly opus.
A properly good album, then - utterly deserving of its 5 star status here.
I recently caught The Candle Thieves as a support act & immediately lamented the fact that I'd missed their opening few numbers as within seconds it was clear that these guys are truly a special talent & gloriously "different". I picked up "Balloons" at the gig & haven't been able to stop listening to it since then, it truly is a brilliant slice of quirky British piano-pop. I've heard references to Keane & The Eels & I can see where this comes from but in my opinion it's far more interesting music. There's strong echoes of Scouting for Girls & lead-singer Scott Ewan doesn't sound too dissimilar to Ed Sheeran but again Balloons gripped me far tighter than either of these recently successful artists, there's a great deal of intelligence threaded through each track which works well with the instantly "catchy" nature of many of the upbeat tracks.
The album opens with a beautiful instrumental prologue of the final epic track Balloon #3, itself a heartbreaking tale of three people that ends with a gloriously triumphant finale, it takes several minutes to kick-in which is a brave & very unique tactic to employ on a pop album but bravery is one of the things that makes this album & band stand out from the rest. Rewinding back to the beginning, Track 2 "Flowers for Peggy" is a brilliantly infectious piano-driven romp about a lovely old lady in a terraced street, the subject matter may be nostalgic & twee & make anyone over the age of 21 think about Grans & Grandads but the pub-piano & horns won't fail to put a smile on even the most dour of faces.
We Won't Ever Be Rich worked wonderfully live & is basically a quirky, heartfelt tale of two people in love regardless of fiscal security, a stand-out track.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic album, I am really enjoying it. We're even going to play some of it at our Wedding. My favourite album this year, well worth it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by R. Boulton
as with milo greene i heard a track on the janice long radio 2 programme and bought the album. not disappointed in the least as it is an excellent albumPublished on 20 Feb. 2013 by mere mortal
My husband loves the lyrics to all the Candle Thieves songs and it was a pleasant surprise for him that they have produced a second album. Read morePublished on 26 Dec. 2012 by Iggle Piggle