on 7 November 2002
My old boss once used the old cliche "Have you ever heard of..." This time he happened to mention Puressence. He played me one song, "Hey hey i'm down" and that was it i had to listen to the rest. Sometimes when you a buy an album you like most of the songs but there's always one or two that don't really stand out. Not here. Every song is beautifully crafted, every line grabs the listeners attention and shakes them shouting "Listen, have you been here? Have you experienced this?"
Few bands can stir real emotions in me and Puressence is definitely one of those bands, delivering exquisite yet haunting melodies to really make those goosebumps stand out yet man people don't even know they exist. It's a tragedy that these lads aren't up there with the likes of Radiohead or Muse.
If you read this review to persuade you to buy this album, stop right now and click buy. You'll be doing yourself a favour. When it turns up on your doorstep play the CD and listen and i mean really listen and soon you'll understand and join the privileged few who have discovered Puressence.
on 15 May 2001
The first time I heard 'All I Want' the haunting melody stayed in my head for weeks. Two years later, I've bought the album on the strength of that one song and I am yet to be disappointed. 'Only Forever' combines strings, rock guitars and a touch of folk with songs like 'Never Be The Same Again' and 'Behind The Man'. Puressence, Pure genius.
on 28 July 2006
There is a scene in the Likely Lads movie where Terry and Bob have gone to find Terry's old house, the house where he was born, only to find it and the rest of the estate is in the process of demolition. The scene pans from the dereliction in the fore ground out over endless rows of terraced homogeny.
It seethes with depression, despair, loss and decay but there is a strength and dignity in the rows that still stand; nameless and faceless yet ripe with the history of ordinary lives, lived and died. Pleasures and joys, spirit and passion; the minutiae of the everyday that makes everyone of us feel special in some way.
Puressence are the soundtrack to that scene. There is depression and decay but wrapped in a soaring majesty; shoe-gazing with style. Where the minutia of the everyday becomes a thunderous soundtrack, the heart that beats in all of us translated musically into emotive perfection.
Three albums into their career with not one single bad track to their name, any words fall short of doing this band justice.
It's nice to have your own secret favourites but it is far more galling to see mediocrity like Coldplay (ho hum), Athlete (hmmm...), Travis (the less said...) etc stealing the limelight.
Buy this album now. Buy all of them. Send them money!
on 7 February 2002
This album has graced my shelf for many-a-year, and every week, I have taken it off, opened the case, safely put it into my CD player, put the volume to maximum, and put it on repeat for 3 hours. I love this album... and the majority of albums out there, there is always one song that is pants, but on this album, there is not one track that you will want to miss out. Hey Hey I'm down really is my favourite song, with an ending that makes you want to scream to the lyrics.
If someone told me to summarise the album in two words, I wouldn't have to think ... it would simply be:
on 24 July 2000
There are thousands of people out there who have never heard of this band let alone this incredible album and I know that they are missing out. In the last ten years I have not heard anything else as powerful as 'Only Forever' which was a recommendation from a friend at the end of '98. From the first play of 'Sharpen Up The Knives' I was sure this was something very special. Leading into 'This Feeling' and through 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' I was completely overwhelmed. Check it out for yourself, classic follows classic. I was soon to find that live, Puressence deliver them with even more force. I look forward to album 3 and I know that if the commercial thing does not happen for them it will be unjust but you can guarentee that in their dozens, hundreds and thousands more and more people will discover Puressence by recommendation alone.
on 9 October 2002
I cannot enthuse enough about this album. I bought it in 1998 after hearing a promo EP, thinking that the 5 or so songs featured on that must be the best on the album. I wasn't prepared for the immense beauty of the album as a whole. If you can put up with the quivering voice of the lead singer - which has to be the sole fact these lot aren't as big as The Charlatans, Oasis or Radiohead - you'll only be listening to this one forever. My record collections' best kept secret.
on 31 August 2001
Ok, so I'm a soul/funk/hip-hop/chunky house fan and have never been interested in the spangly guitar sounds of rock and indie music. When I heard some tracks off this album, however, I had to buy it. The melodies are fantastic, the vocals are superb and the songs just stick in your memory. As other reviews have stated, I'm surprised that this band aren't bigger as I'd put them up there with the likes of Radiohead. If you listen and like, try Headswim as well.
on 22 December 2003
Unfortunatley in the fickle world of Music, talent is no guarantee of Success and timing and luck play a large part. If Only Forever had been fully backed by Island, then Puressence would be showing Coldplay how far short they are from being talented (And Chris Martin could concentrate on his real talent - Being Gwyneth's bit of fluff). There are no weak tracks on Only Forever, and for those who have not seen them live, Yes the voice is as good as it is on record. The upside of this lack of recognition is that we should get the next few albums untouched by the controlling production of large record labels and for that we should be grateful.
on 16 March 2000
I bought this album on spec a year or so ago, and wow, what a find! This has now become one of my all time favourite albums, it's that rare sort of album that you never tire of listening to, haunting melodies, crashing guitars and vocals so full of emotion it sets the hairs on the back of your neck stirring! It's a shame they didn't make a bigger splash with this as it deserved to be absolutely huge. It storms all over such so-called supergroups as Oasis and the like. I just wish they'd hurry up and release more stuff, two albums isn't enough from a band with as much talent as these guys!
on 17 February 2001
It has kind of dismayed me how this band can have such an accessible sound, yet with such an impressive musical depth and particularly such vocal quality (courtesy of James Mudriczki). Puressence should have hit it off with the public on their debut eponymous album, which was tragic in itself. But "Only Forever" went a step further towards a more commercial sound but managed to plunge deeper depths of emotion with music and words. I bought the first single from it - "This Feeling" - having seen the brilliant Wall Of Death motorcycle video and was enthralled. Subsequent follow-up "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" managed to leave me wanting more. But, having heard the whole of their second outing I ask myself WHY AREN'T THEY BIGGER?? It is a crying shame. It must be their surnames. Matthews and McDonald OK, but Mudriczki and Szuminski? I don't know. All I can add is this band is excellent, whatever their names may be.