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Reviewed on 1st October 2002.


The First Word is the Hardest

By four day Hombre

Perfect pop. Just what daytime radio should be playing all the time. Three accomplished tracks on one CD with style, passion, ingenuity and wit. Two of them are in the mould (but not on the coat tails) of Coldplay. One sets off into Muse territory.

The tunes, the dynamics, the depth of musical interest are all there, and there's nothing to terrorise the faint hearted. First track (the first word is the hardest) has a maybe-too-close Chris Martin vocal line. But it is a great tune and the feeling is intense. A spaced-out minor key first section, with a tearstained catch in the voice leads into a blistering guitar and drums attack that might need our radio presenter to be a bit crafty with the faders. Terrific stuff.

Track two (reSolve) has a haunting piano figure that sets up a very soulful and beautifully sung tune. This is the CD's heartbreaking star turn. There are some uncomfortable truths down in the lyric, and the sweetness of the melody makes them even more poignant. A subtle, slowly building harmony on the chorus is perfect. It's a classic, with a big finish that makes you want to put it right back on again.

Track three (too cool to Shop) is the alternative side as dry and bitter in its harmonies as in it's lyric content. It has jagged glass percussion and a screechy chorus with uncompromising guitarish outbursts. Not for drivetime radio this one. But later on, no problem. It also has some sharply inventive bass playing, punching with irregular stabs into some bad person's solar plexus.



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On 3rd July 2003 at 17:20 Anonymous 238 wrote...

Fantastic stuff.
Got it all - great tunes, lyrics, voices, blah blah blah...Can't praise it enough...apart from the closing stages of 1st. track:Instantly turns so loud it almost blew the cones clean out of me speakers!!! Nice touch yer buggers!
Really want to see this lot do well. Good luck.



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