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One Sees The Sun by Jim Kroft

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Reviewed on 21st March 2010.


One Sees The Sun

By Jim Kroft

Firstly, it needs to be acknowledged that Jim Kroft doesn't have the world's strongest voice. A few times during the course of this single, he seems to be making a bid for those big notes, only to back out at the last moment. Once or twice, you can even detect a hint of strain in his voice.

Vocal problems aside, 'One Sees The Sun' is a heady summer brew of lamenting strings, lashings of aural glitter, echoing electric guitars and a folky, acoustic clatter, all wrapped up in a hazy production. And, just when you thought your smile couldn't get any wider, the backing vocalists squeeze in a few "whoa!"s for good measure.

'One Sees The Sun' is an uplifting summer's-day breeze with a spring in its step - you'll be too busy soaking up this song's rays, to notice the shortcomings in Kroft's voice. A guaranteed mood-lifter.

And Jim Croft keeps the smile on your face, with B-side 'Birthrights.' Those carefully-measured drums knock out a clap-along beat, while the guitars scribble over the top, giving this track a rough-around-the-edges charisma. Despite his limited vocal range, Kroft reaches for those uplifting high notes (with a full supporting cast of backing vocalists, mind.) A thick, gooey slab of pop-infused goodness.

Although spring may finally be making an appearance (well, it's stopped snowing, at least) the British weather is nothing if not unpredictable - 'One Sees The Sun' is the perfect sunshine-and-springtime track to have lying around, in case of a rainy day.



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