15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Well, it's in my top five albums of all time...,
This review is from: The Sun Is Often Out (Audio CD)
Sorry, this is another sycophantic review...
From the opener "Lost Myself" to "On & On" to the emotionally gob-smacking finale "Jesus Christ", this album does not put a foot wrong. I bought it a few months after it originally came out, and can honestly say it's one of the best albums I own. The music press compared it the Radiohead's "The Bends", a universally recognised classic album, but personally I think the Longpigs debut is the better record. Rather than wallow in mauldlin sentiments (which "The Bends" can be accused of at times), "The Sun Is Often Out" expresses a masive range of emotions which leaves you stunned at just how well this album achieves it's aim of making you sit up and recognise this is one the 'great' debuts.
The album is beautiful, raw, sexy and original, which is in itself is a rariety nowadays. In Crispin Hunt the band have (or had, since they've all now gone their separate ways) one of the most expressive and affecting vocalists I've had the pleasure of hearing, with no other vocalist I've experienced able to trip between heart melting sweetness to emotion shredding explosive bombast in the space of one song.
If all these reviews seem suspect in their overwhelming positivity, it does tend to suggest there's something there. Buy this album. It really is that good.