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Mercury rising !
20 July 2010
As I type this I hear that Cherry Ghost have NOT been listed for the 2010 Mercury Prize despite being championed by The Independent's Andy Gill who said they deserve to win it. Nay mind lads - Fine bands like Frightened Rabbit and Stornoway didn't get on the list either and who wants to be on a list with Dizzy Rascal and sponsored by Barclays Bank !
To get to the album in question...stirring stuff and no less than I expected from this under rated band who I have seen live 4 times without ever being disappointed. Simon Aldred is a great song songwriter whose angsty working class songlines are in a similar vein to geographical and label stablemates...Doves.
Kicking off with the epic 'We Sleep on Stones' quickly followed by 'A month of mornings' it's straight out the starting blocks for Simon and co. Rather suprisingly for me,the album has a fair few waltz time ballads of a C & W flavour....more so than on Thirst for Romance. They take some getting used to and first time listeners might find them dangerously close to Richard Hawley who you either love or hate. It's the latter for me. However,the quality is just too good to be be condemned to that fate.
Overall..I think TFR is the better of the two albums but this will keep existing fans more than happy without converting shed loads of new fans.