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A classic in the making
on 13 October 2013
For me, this is one of the best albums of the year, as it has an elegance and poise all of its own which slowly gets under your skin. Although there is an 'epic' feel to the album as a whole, I think the songs actually benefit from the occasional stripped-down arrangments and the 'basic' production.
There are elements of The Verve's 'A Northern Soul' that crop up, which is never a bad thing, and album highlight 'Letter to Yesterday' is a lesson in how to construct a slow-burn epic song with the simple, sparse instrumentation of a two-note bassline and the odd guitar flourish. Jamie Lee's vocals hold the album together, and when they crack every now and again, they convey a believability and emotion that is rare these days. A great debut.