Cherry Falls - Winter/Winter (Island)
By Steve Rudd
This album has to be one of the most stunning debut albums ever released by a band.
There is not one dull moment or dud note, and every last snatch of melody sets the spirits soaring.
Welcome to the wonderful world of Cherry Falls, a London-based band fronted by
Joe McAdam... a man who fortunately decided to move from Scotland down to London with
the wistful intention of forming a band. Well - so far so good.
Surely the next couple of years will watch this band come to be just as, if not
more famous, than the likes of Athlete, Snow Patrol, Keane - and even Travis and Coldplay.
For starters, the music of Cherry Falls proudly stands in sthe same league of greatness.
Right from the album's off with In Your Arms Again we are in the territory of
anthemic balladry that is so radio friendly it soothes, and never hurts.
Bound To Lose, likewise, is a soaring song that tugs at the heartstrings harder
than a ravenous bird in worm heaven.
As for single release My Drug, this tune has to be one of the most swooning love songs ever.
And there's another nine more wholesome tracks to go even after these beauties.
Cherry Falls really do produce overwhelmingly romantic music that is so sweet and so
catchy, yet another one of their single releases in the form of Standing Watching
also proves that they can rock out in a harder fashion too.
Still, it's mid-paced slices of life-&-love such as the graciously sweeping
Leave It Alone and the downbeat-but-gorgeous Stars Fill Your Skies that dominate this
album, and I couldn't imagine how these guys could really have conceived a more
beautiful album if their lives had depended on it.
Rarely is an album perfect, but Winter/ Winter might just be.
Their endearing, lighter-in-the-air ballads are all masterfully anthemic, and
it shouldn't be long before the entire nation is singing along to them.
It might be a wise idea then to go and see the band now, before they make it
huge, either on their own headline tour or in support of the mighty Feeder.
The choice is yours...just like resistance, before long, will most likely be futile.
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