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on 3 December 2013
you know, if you ask anyone of my friend 'Whats his favourite band?' they'll all say Reuben and honestly, it got quite obsessive at one stage. i was young, 18 when i heard 'Racecar is racecar backwards' and fell in love, the raw, grit and true music craftmanship that was put into each song, i saw the live intimate shows, met the band on several occasions, they signed my CD's and they shook my hand.
Sadly with each release my love for their new music declined. dont get me wrong, the hype for the next release left me on the edge of my seat, and i kept thinking perhaps they're back to their old ways?
When 'in nothing we trust' came out, i was pacing by the front door waiting for the CD to drop through the letterbox, i scooted off to listen intensely. and i was so disappointed.
I still am.
5 years later after 'freeze the Atlantic' not filling my needs for the music i desire, i hear Jamie is bringing out his own music, clearly the mastermind over the songwriting, and the hype is back.
i pre-ordered the album, bought the gig ticket. got the album early, listened to it and again, heartbroken.
i'm sorry, but there isnt one decent song on the Heavy side of the album, i want to love it, i dont think i want to love it more than anything else as much as this, but 'song' wise, there isnt any. it seems rushed, overally aggressive to for no reason. maybe i;m getting old before my time? but then i turn and listen to something equally as heavy and i;m reminded, no, you still love heavy music.
i spun that record several times, being more and more gutted on every spin, Fizzy bloody perhaps the only 'decent' song on the album. but still thats over within 1:43. the riffs arent as good as previous reuben stuff that i know Jamie is able to write, the vocal lines (when there are any) arent like how i know jamie can deliver.
I tend to feel that the 'soft' side of the album is a gimic, it trys to show the the heavier side of the album is even heavier than it is. acousitcally Jamie can really show is talent as a song writer and lyricist, Dusk and boy for example, but this doesnt reflect in 'memory'. is Jamie trying to bring out a 'frank turner' type career? he is by far capable to do so, but not from this album.
Perhaps i've hyped myself up too much, what if i didnt know jamie previously? would i take it only on its merits? but because muscle memory follows, personally the best debut album and my favourite album of all time (racecar) anything jamie brings out will fail in my eyes? i dont know. all i know is that im seeing jamie Lenman on Thursday in Birmingham i truly hope that a live show brings something more than this record, because since writting this review, its been sat in my glove box gathering dust.