I have followed these diabolic duo from their start in the musical industry. It has been a nail-biting long wait until this album release. The first song released (Free/One) surprised me beyond belief at how different an angle the guys were approaching this time. At first, it didn't really catch and swing my mind as their other first releases had (Lifted & Raincloud), but after few listens, it began to grow on me like a mad disease. Yes, the formula was working again... the guys are back! Postcards from Heaven was a more commercialised attempt, and though I liked it, it didn't do for me as the first album (Ocean Drive) did, "Keep Remembering" & "What Could Be Better" are their best tracks ever!. But upon listening this album, some of those old feelings were creeping back in. LF have obviously worked very hard on this album. The lyrics have been very well worded, and the music shines through freshly. I cannot say that the songs are not like anything I have heard before. "Free/One" is a remake and "Run" (which believe it or not, borrows the chorus from the The Corrs, "Runaway"). Apart from those two, the remainder as simply delightful and new to the ear. LF are the only band that deliver this type of blues/soul/pop type music. The dreaminess and lyrics of hope in "Lifes a dream" and "It's a Beautiful Day" just fill me with joy. The picturesque "End of the Sky" is captivating and takes you in up flying in the clouds (without drugs!) OK, here is a quick track breakdown: (1) RUN - To me it's like, "Runaway" (Corrs) meets "Fast car" (Tracy Chapman), throw in a few beats. (2) HAPPY - A more beatier number, bit of 70s disco. Sounds great with the hypnotic range of tone Tunde provides. (3) FREE/ONE - Brings two greats tracks together by Nina Simone and U2. It's simply one of them classic feel good tracks. (4) END OF THE SKY - Rather dramatic and picturesque. Combination of melancholic verse with high-tone uplifting chorus is wonderfully done. (5) LIFE IS A DREAM - Starts with funky tunes, but then suddenly winds back into a serious stuttered pace, with lucious music and soothing lyrics. (6) IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY - My fave track. Begins with an inclining sad violin to a stringy bass guitar, and trips into a paceful beat (with that voilin still wailing emotionally in the background) before facing Tunde in a sensible conversation. He sings to you such wise words, and with the music, you can't disagree. Buy the album, just for this track!!! (7) YOU'RE A STAR - Is a slightly different track bringing back that saxophone (from the dreamy days of Oceandrive) and also angelic backing vocals. (8) YOU ALWAYS WANT WHAT YOU HAVEN'T GOT - Musically, this is very different for the LF. Picture sitting in the garden on a summers day, with a straw of hay in your mouth. This song is intelligent and full of common sense, with a slow calm tune. (9) WISH - This song just demands attention. Another track different for the boys, in the way of the music. Rather gothic, and punk-like but just a hint, not too much. The LF formula still dominates. The electric guitar sounds similar to the one played in the live version of "Beatiful Night". I think this track will be released, and kinda reminds me of a souped-up, on-drugs version of "Restless". The eery witch-like wailing at the end is just so cool, and not LF, but strangely fits in! (10) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE DAY - Very good pace and music. Really gets you going, and the lyrics are sensible, though maybe a tad controversial, probably only to a madman like me <har har> erm, sorry! OK, You can't go wrong with purchasing this CD, especially if you already like the band's previous releases.
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