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Dreams of Educated Fleas by Captain Wilberforce

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Reviewed on 27th January 2004.


Dreams of Educated Fleas

By Captain Wilberforce

Seven songs of mature melody and thought provoking stuff from the quaintly named Captain Wilberforce. This is what Ben & Jason would sound like if they plugged in their acoustic guitars (in fact this really is what Ben & Jason would sound like... even down to the voice... do they realise this? Does it matter? No... because there's plenty of place for this kind of intelligent writing). Other contemporaries such as Brendan Benson and Ryan Adams occasionally have a look in and there's definitely a nod to greats such as George Harrison and even The Sweet! (irony!)

So having written 7 sharp-witted songs, what do you do next? You present them on a CD with muddy sound, an odd set of levels and an all too dry sound! It's difficult to put a finger on but at times there is a real effort required not to let the songs just fade into to the background. It took a concerted effort to notice the eloquence and intricacies at work and only on the more immediate moments such as the superb dreamy "Dark Clouds" and the catchy pop of "Born Again Brand New Man" can you relax your attention and just enjoy it. The small print does say "Demo version" and maybe a bright mastered version awaits.

This certainly sows the seeds of what promises to be an interesting career and as the references in this review have shown, there is always a market for intelligent and well-crafted rock/pop... as long as it's in the foreground!



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