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The sound of a band losing their way
on 30 March 2002
Remy Zero seem to have an identity crisis. They sound like a band trying to be all things to all people, at the expense of losing their own individuality.
Their previous album Villa Elaine was a marvellous kaleidoscope of eclectic songs, drawing on influences as diverse as Radiohead and Queen, while keeping their own identity at the fore. The Golden Hum, on the other hand contains several songs that on first listening make you think of other bands. "Save Me" could have come from the last U2 album, "I'm Not Afraid" has shades of Deep Blue Something's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (not cool) and "Impossibility" would be a fantastic song had James not done it first with "Runaground".
However for all that, this is not a bad album. "Glorious #1" is a fine track, as is the bone shaking "Over The Rails & Hollywood High". The opening instrumental is a good teaser for what follows and the guitar and piano track that follows "Over The Rails & Hollywood High", with the CD player counting down into the next track is a nice touch. And even though James did it first, "Impossibility" is a brilliant song.
This is a great album, but not a great Remy Zero album. Those who are just discovering them would be well advised to check out Villa Elaine. Hopefully they'll find their way for the next album.