on 26 November 2002
Joy because this excellent band have made another release. Sadness because Daniel Wylie, songwriter in chief, has left the band.
This is pretty much more of the same as 'Enjoy the Melodic Sunshine' the band's first album, although it is a collection of 'b sides and rarities' as opposed to an official album release.
Lesser similar bands, who have had several album releases that are not even in the same league as this, will be eating their hearts out when they hear this fantastic collection of songs.
The jangly guitars and sunshine groove from 'enjoy the....' are still here, but this is an altogether more acoustic sounding recording and does show some progression in the bands songwriting style.
The haunting 'camera shy' has a wonderful folky feel and also sounds a bit like the song REM always wanted to write but just didn't have it in them.
Other highlights are 'your eyes' and a nice acoustic version of 'melanie' from 'enjoy the......'
Such a pity that this partnership has broken up.........it is certainly going to be case of what might have been?
The two releases from this band will undoubtedly be future cult classics much in the same way as the 'Love' releases are today.
on 8 September 2003
This is an album full of acoustic beauty. It's very melodic and has some nice lyrics, particularly Laura Nyro, a tribute to the great American Singer/Songwriter. Camera Shy sounds more beautiful than REM's acoustic Green era songs and I Got Over You, Annie and Nothing To Lose are life affirming songs you will treasure for ever. Another winner from these Scottish lads with the American feel. They make me feel good.
on 18 September 2003
This is great. It's not as good as Enjoy the melodic sunshine but let's be honest, not much is. This is a round up of b sides and such but if there's a better collection of out takes, it can't exist. Camera shy is REM vibe, I got over you rocks and everything on this album is worth hearing. Buy it! If you like their others-you will also like this.
on 27 December 2003
I love this album and so will you. If you like them, then you'll love it. It's that simple. REM would kill their Grannies to write a song like Camera Shy and River Runs Dry puts out a Byrds tune that The Byrds didn't record, or so it seems. Get on your Easy Rider cycle and go for a Cosmic Rough Ride(rs).
on 19 June 2002
This album is fantastic. I don't buy singles and as such, missed out on all these great songs. "Nothing To Lose" is so laid back and gentle, just like a beautiful Nick Drake song, while "I Got Over You" rocks harder than anything on their previous albums. The singing is lovely and Daniel Wylie sings as many beautiful harmonies on this collection as he did on all the other records.
"Annie" has to be one of the best songs ever to have been released on a b side by anyone and should have been an a side.
There are no bad songs on this album. It's pretty expensive because it's an import, but it also contains the bands four videos to date, making it definately worth the money.
I highly recommend this record.