After a promising start, a distinctive vocal, which can only be described through emotions rather than words,
tells a story of a road trip gone sour.
Short chords punctuate the verse and, at the wheel, gathers pace.
The chorus kicks in followed by rolling guitars.
One or two of the backing vocals seem superfluous but what do I know I am not a musician.
The now deliriously swirling guitar reaches a climactic crescendo and brings the track skidding to a halt.
Track two is a lot more visceral. murder by proxy is an aural mix of soft and loud.
This juxtaposition between verse and chorus was at first quite hard on the ear.
After the third or fourth hearing this variation served to emphasize the emotional outburst of the chorus.
Whether the words are borne out of personal experience I know not, but there are enough
explosive outpourings for a number of rejections followed by their subsequent heartbreaks.
Raw isn't the word the pain expressed within has the ability to lacerate the toughest heart.
This one tells the bittersweet tale of love and loss, a well-trodden path it has to be said,
but I haven't heard it done with so much impassioned vitriol.
The third track is a gentle acoustic outing but no less evocative.
Those perfect moments of times past are poetically described and reflect the wistful longing
in all of us. seventeen lights a spark inside of you whether you are a young teen, a twenty
something, or nearer thirty than you would care to admit.
Maybe you don't hold any truck with this measure we call age but you remember something,
some long forgotten time when life presented a never-ending stream of possibilities…
Still Life use themes that are familiar but they have the ability to surprise the most cynical of music lovers.
At a guess I would say they were still in their infancy and may well be experimenting with
their sound and structure.
However they seem to have a good grasp of what works both musically and lyrically.
My only criticism would be one I often make; the choice of which track gets to be the title track.
Either of the other two tracks would hold their own as bona-fide singles more so,
I feel, than at the wheel.
I look forward to watching them performing live to see whether they can recreate the same depth of emotion on stage.
Definitely a CD for the watch this space pile.
Single Reviews - Yellowcard - Ocean Avenue (Parlophone) By Steve Rudd
Release Date: September 6th 2004.
It's been one hell of a couple of years for this American pop-punk-rock quintet, and deservedly so.
This is the title track from their ever-so-popular Ocean Avenue album that was released to instant
acclaim earlier this year, and - somewhat
Single Reviews - Sam Roberts Band - Brother Down By Steve Rudd
Release Date: August 30th 2004.
This guy - and his band - has long been big business in Canada from where they hail, going so far as
to be awarded with Best Artist and Best Album awards at this year's Juno Awards.
Now it's time for the UK to see and hear what all the amassed fuss
Single Reviews - Ricky - That Extra Mile/Beat The Best Out Of Me By Nick Quantrill
Release date - 6th September, 2004.
Following hot on the heels of acclaimed debut album, The Summer Sun Still Echoes, Portsmouth's finest,
Ricky return with a double A-side that will (hopefully) accompany some long awaited summer sun.
The single picks up
Single Reviews - The Hot Puppies - Green Eyeliner (single/ PURR) By Steve Rudd
Release Date: September 27th 2004.
I've got a funny feeling that this Aberystwyth quintet is about to become very well known indeed
over here in England, following a prolonged spell of relative fame in Wales, courtesy of their
last Dawn Of Man release
Single Reviews -
The Beastie Boys, Death Cab For Cutie and The Departure By Steve Rudd
After all these years, The Beastie Boys are still making amazing music, here
presenting the second single of 2004 from their To The 5 Boroughs album.
These Manhattan-obsessed guys have long been respected for their refreshing fusion of
rap, hip-hop and dance elements, and if
Single Reviews -
Single of Week - Cornershop Presents: Bubbley Kaur Topknot By Lee Cassanell
Only in a world of George Bush and Sudanese Genocide could Busted be riding high in
the Charts with the theme from Thunderbirds so in the spirit of such rampant insanity
I've decided to make a little deal with you the good people of Kingston upon Hull.
Every Saturday I'm going
CD Reviews -
What Ya Cryin' For by The Landau's - By Tony Bates, Jim Hines and Leigh Lee-Roy Stancliffe (Aussie Radio)
Every now and then a new band comes along, complete with biography promising a new
sound and telling one and all that to miss this band and their release will be at their peril.
I've heard it all before; haven't you?.
Well this time I have to say that I have received a couple of releases from
The Landau's, but without the usual hype.
Album Reviews -
Michelle's CD choice of the moment CRUSH double CD by Polygram T.V.
Where did all the good stuff go, those great bands of the nineties with cool
sounding one-word names like Dodgy, Lush and Pulp etc.
The t-shirts were tight fitting, brightly coloured with trims on neck and sleeves.
The band logos were unobtrusive in trendy oval shaped designs.
Single Reviews -
Agent Blue, Cherry Falls and Elena By Steve Rudd
Brazenly busting out of Stoke-on-Trent, this punk-spirited rock 'n' roll bunch of boys
This is their second single, and although it is only 2 minutes 20 seconds in length,
the quality of the music more than outweighs the accompanying quantity.