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Reviewed on 27th February 2010.

 
 

If This Is It

By Newton Faulkner

Following up on the storming success of his first album, 'Hand Built By Robots,' Faulkner has released his second album; an album that nearly didn't happen. A few days before Faulkner was due to start the recording process he fell, badly breaking his wrist and dislocating his right hand, a problem for anyone, let alone a guitarist. At first it looked like Faulkner might have permanent damage but luckily a new treatment was available and after having a metal bolt placed in his wrist, Faulkner made a full recovery, cue the aptly named 'Rebuilt by Humans.'

The first single to be released is 'If This Is It' a "euphoric hymn" about Faulkner's love of gigging. Although the single is steeped in personal sentiment, it's general enough to allow individual interpretation, hence it could easily be a romantic love song. Faulkner's style of using more than just the strings on his guitar is thankfully still present; giving a subtle flow to the single.

'If This Is It' is sparse to begin with, just Faulkner and his guitar, but the track builds with the edition of drums and elegant strings that build into a powerful chorus. It's a dreamy first single, full of promise for another great album.

 

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