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A Flash Of Darkness
 
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A Flash Of Darkness

24 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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I have been looking forward to “A Flash Of Darkness” ever since the project was announced (and funded through Pledge Music) as I have been a fan of Mark Morriss' music since the Bluetones' debut album back in 1996. I haven't always loved each and every song that The Bluetones released, but, on the whole, don't believe they ever made a bad record (far from it), plus Mark's first solo album, “Memory Muscle”, back in 2008, was an excellent effort too. Being familiar with pretty much everything Mark has ever released, I can therefore make the bold assertion that this is one of the best pieces of work that Mark has produced, either solo or as part of his previous group. It has the intelligence, the immediately likeable qualities and the high standard of songwriting of The Bluetones' best output, but – being a solo record – has a little more space to let the individual songs shine than perhaps a Bluetones album, usually with a fuller, denser sound, would have allowed. In short, it's a really great collection of catchy, enjoyable songs and proves that there is life beyond the now defunct Bluetones for their talented singer-songwriter.

There simply isn't a weak track on the album, but I will attempt to pick out of some my favourite tracks from this superb album. Chiming bells, whistling and the hint of the wild west kicks off the album, with its title track's dark lyrics over a Latin-tinted, stop-start score providing a top-notch first track. “Consuela” is a slice of perfect, driving, shimmering indie-pop which, I'd imagine, is nigh on impossible to dislike. “It's Hard To Be Good All Time” opens up with the kind of winding guitar riff that was the highlight of many Bluetones songs, but is an understated minor key gem, with a classy, dramatic reverb-soaked chorus.
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OK , confession time. I knew next to nothing about Mark Morriss or The Bluetones. I've always been two decades behind in music, but thats another story. However , I had seen many lovely YouTube videos of him being part of Matt Berry's band , The Maypoles,( who I LOVE , but this is not the place to discuss them) and I went to every gig of the December 2015 tour. (Yes, you read that right , EVERY GIG, and it was amazing!!) I got to meet Mark on a few of those nights and he is as charming in person as he appears on stage, very opening and welcoming. So if you have a chance to go to his solo gigs ,seriously , go! Now back to the album. I figured I really should give his work a chance ,as he does have a distinctive, congenial voice. So,after a few listens via other methods, I purchased this album and it is EXCELLENT! It starts with its title song ,and his choice of lyrics paints a beautiful picture as you sit and enjoy. I could break it down and tell you why each song is so good, but where is the fun in that? My personal favourite is "Its Hard To Be Good All The Time", where the tone is darkened a little during the verses then met with this massive burst of hopefulness at the chorus , which really struck a chord with me. The album with the fabulous winter scene artwork comes on purple vinyl. ( This is the one I went for.) The version that comes with the Spring/ Summer scene artwork is on standard, black vinyl. So buy and enjoy!! :D
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I'll be honest here: I didn't want to like this album. At their height I loved The Bluetones, but like the rest of Britpop they found their audience dwindling. I was therefore pleased that on the downward slope of their curve, they were playing smaller venues including one in my home town a few years back. Mark introduced the band and made a churlish, snidey remark about 'having to come out to play the provinces.' It might have been intended as a joke, but that comment and the other small bits of crowd interaction that night made him come across as angry, arrogant and having an enormous chip on his shoulder. Talk about disaffecting your audience - I pretty much stopped listening to The Bluetones and ignored his first solo record as a consequence.

Perhaps he was having a bad day? Perhaps he was struggling with them not being as 'big' as they had been? Perhaps it was just an ironic joke that didn't come across well? Maybe I was being too sensitive? Anyway, I kicked all that aside and decided to give a Flash of Darkness a listen. I'm so glad I did, it's excellent. He's a great songwriter, writes a very catchy guitar tune and has a very distinctive voice. 'Consuela' is my stand out favourite track but it's all great stuff. I'm glad to see he's back on the road playing smaller venues - I prefer him to be playing those - and this album is an absolute treat, can't wait to catch it live.

I bought this the same day as the new Embrace album, one of his peers from back in the day. I've played this more than twenty times, Embrace once.
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Didn't think Memory Muscle could be surpassed but "A Flash of Darkness" does that. Great to see Mark in Glasgow last week with the other Bluetones as his band. Mark's brother, Scott, has added an animated video to "Space Cadet". Check it out at gigwise.com.
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Bought this from Mark following a great gig last May. After a couple of weeks in my handbag, I decided to listen to it. I immediately called my friend and asked if he had played it yet, it was so good. I have just bought another copy because I have played it on repeat, forsaking all other CDs in my collection ever since. I love, love, love this album. Mark Morriss is a great song writer, a confident artist and a bit of a funny man too which makes watching one of his intimate gigs one of my favorite things. Can't wait to see him reunited with band members of The Bluetones for their 20th anniversary on September 24th.
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