Top positive review
2 people found this helpful
folk subtlety bombast & well-executed blues-rock
on 3 January 2015
This their 2nd LP comes across like a more interesting expanded version of The White Stripes with a great pure drums guitar sound. Commences via a slow grinding heavy dirty bluesy rock'n'roll title track 'Sweet Sour' as it hammers the senses "sour by the minute but you're sweeter by the hour". 'Bruises' is similar fare whereas 'Lay My Head Down' is a reflective gentle piece. 'The Devil Takes Care Of His Own' engages an effective stop-start riffing - a certain heaviness but which is attractive. 'Wanderluster' is an ace wonderful luxurious power-drive of a number - it's like she's Luster and he tells her to go and wander "when you return I will be waiting in spite of all - that's gone before"... no wonder that some have said that this was the track/song of the year 2012. Then follows a beautiful 'Navigate' sung by Emma & sounding a bit like Daughter & is gentle & reflective "oh we're drifting out to sea, into deep water". 7th 'You're Not Pretty' is hard rock. 'Hometowns' folk acoustic guitar with gentle harmonies (almost CSNY / S&G) "to see what you have become". Then 'Lies' now back to a power-drive "lies are the truths that you tell to yourself". 10th 'Close To Nowhere' is more persuasive type gentle folk. Emma Richardson is quite an accomplished painter & this album was inspired by a series of paintings by her. In conclusion folk subtlety bombast & well-executed blues-rock.