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Oh dear... what have you done?
on 13 September 2006
You know how sometimes your tastes progress and CD's are left collecting dust, and then some time after you feel the sudden urge to listen to that CD again? Well I recently felt that with Logic Will Break Your Heart, The Stills' debut album. I remember absolutely loving that Montreal post-punk sound, and I still do now.
I decided to see if The Stills had a new album out (as one was due), and at the time it was near release. So I awaited its release eagerly, and when it was released I was very surprised, and disappointed. The sound and style has totally changed. Now I have nothing against bands changing their direction, if it's a prosperous direction; this is not the case with Without Feathers. Greg Paquet, the guitarist on the Logic album whom I respect alot, has left the band due to musical differences (I can understand why). Dave Hamelin (the drummer) has replaced Greg on guitar, found a new drummer and now that Liam guy has grown a beard and joined the band full-time, playing keys.
Without Feathers sounds alot more optimistic, piano is found everywhere; it generally sounds more pop than previous. Hamelin seems to have become a joint frontman. Nothing really jumps out on this record; there's certainly no radio hits here.
If you're expecting the sound and the slightly immature and angst lyrics (which were actually very good) from Logic, then you'll be deeply disappointed, as was I. With The Stills, I do feel that I've lost something that I will never get back. Hopefully The Stills will revert or Greg Paquet will start a new project.