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Half Moon Street by Pete and the Pirates

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Reviewed on 18th August 2011.


Half Moon Street

By Pete and the Pirates

"Half Moon Street" marks a moving conclusion to second LP "One Thousand Pictures". It's a forlorn saga of wiry guitars and romantically glowering lyrics. The Reading 5-piece have made a succulent, sombre Indie-Rock track for a successful album finale. "Half Moon Street" is of leaden mood but vitalic energy as Thomas Sanders explores his anecdote. It's a parable to one night stands with lines like "Come and meet me tomorrow" and "Did the cat get your tongue when you slept last night".

It begins with soft, affectionate vocals dripped over a kindly guitar. As the swiftness increases, the riff lightens and the drumming quickens. By the reach of the chorus, the guitar tune electrifies and weirdly produces a Christmas feel. The lyric "Don't make me feel stupid I'll do that on my own" raises smiles. A jingle spell steps the pitch up again to create a double-chorus effect.

For the final chorus, a drum-roll strenuously builds tension as the quintet show that they can pack a punch when they need to. A precise four-minute wander that seldom strays off track and prevalently pleases much like the whole album. The band seem to have toned-up and are making fiery songs with emotion and wit, intertwining with thumping riffs. You can take my word or "United" as an example.



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