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Late Night Listening
on 17 April 2014
'Built On Glass' is the debut album of Australian singer/songwriter Chet Faker.
As far as style goes it's a mixed bag; largely laid back and somewhat "jazzy" in
mood; the crisp arrangements framing Mr Faker's mournful baritone which
occasionally reaches upwards on the stave with less convincing results but
all-in-all he knows how to craft a decent tune in a late-night-listening kind of way.
There are a few frisky moments scattered through the set, the most satisfactory of
which is '1998', which owes a small debt to the memory of John Martyn but he appears
more at home with introverted tracks such as opening number 'Release Your Problems',
a well-executed example of louche soul; 'Talk Is Cheap', with its staccato beats and
melancholy sax decorations and the curiously engaging final number 'Dead Body'
in which Mr Faker delivers perhaps his finest vocal performance in the collection.
A moderately engaging first showing in need of a little more energy and sparkle.