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Amazing tunes, thoughtful lyrics and a beautiful voice
on 25 July 2001
I wasn't sure what to expect from this album but I didn't expect anything quite as different and spectacular as this. From the very first track 'Here's one for you' I knew this was special. Witness are the kind of band that you could easily pass over but they are exactly what the music industry needs, a non-pretentious, catchy band that also have the ability and originality to be so much more. Their debut album, 'Before The Calm' was one of the best (and under-rated) debut albums of the past few years and I wasn't sure that they could do anything better......but I was wrong. With 'Under a Sun' they have shown that as amazing as 'Before the Storm' was they were more than a one album band. 'Under a sun' grows and grows and shows what they're made of, great tunes, guitars, thoughtful lyrics and a voice that makes every song sound so natural that it seems unbelievable that we haven't heard it before. 'Under a Sun' pulls you in and you soon realise that the songs you didn't really notice the first time you heard them are the songs that you'll go back to time and time again. The songs that standout are 'You are all my own Invention' which starts off quietly but then gradually pulls you into a chorus that will stick in your head for the rest of the day. 'Closing Up' is a beautiful song which boasts some amazing lyrics and 'So here be well Again' is a thoughtful song which shows Gerard Starkie's voice at it's most beautiful. It's just one of those albums that sounds different and better every time you listen. 'Under a Sun' is a thoughtful yet hugely uplifting album and should give Witness the recognition they deserve. Easily the best album I've heard this year.