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Some beauty, little direction,
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First of all, I have always been a big fan of Peter Broderick. That out of the way, I really wish that I could have given this CD three and a bit stars - but it is certainly not worth a four. The reason is lack of direction.
Taken as a series of individual tunes 'It Starts Here' has more hits than misses, but it does not hang together as an 'album'. It is too disparate and absent of focus to work as a cohesive whole. The title track, for example, is a catchy slice of updated Eighties pop-tronica, while other songs are intense acoustic meditations or simply drawn-out experiments in melody and sound. Again, nothing wrong with any of these things in there own right but they do not work in one sitting - and, call me old fashioned, that is how I like to listen to something being sold as a long-player.
One of the biggest pluses of this record is the actual quality of the recording, for which we have the marvellous Nils Frahm to thank. But that is not enough.
Peter's most acclaimed work todate remains 'Home'. The reason for that is the consistency of mood and song-writing on that CD. Since then he has appeared on numerous collaborations both in the recorded and live arena and, while I have enjoyed many of them, I am starting to fear that Peter has lost his own unique voice somewhere in the process.