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Reviewed on 1st August 2003.



By Longview

With recent single "Further" catching the attention of ears across the nation Longview could be on their way to becoming the NME's latest darlings. Lets hope not as they deserve better than that kind of company. Forming in Manchester (guitarist Doug Morch had been performing with a band in Leeds prior) the band's debut album provides us with a staple diet of sweeping melodies, strong harmonies and deft guitar work that is as powerful as it is gentle.

Singer Rob McVey at times sounds like Danny McNamara. Only far better. He truly has a fantastic voice that gives Longview an edge so many bands lack. It's full and rich in tone that creates immense warmth in the band's songs. Opening with the aforementioned single we're immediately plunged into a doubled up vocal part that gives depth to the verse. It sometimes hard to put songs like this into words as it has such an atmosphere to it.

There are bound to be comparisons to Coldplay, especially with songs such as "If You Asked" but for those who don't appreciate Coldplay's forays into the slightly more avant garde then Longview will be a much more appealing option. They also know how to rock though. And rock well! "When You Sleep" injects a little more energy into the proceedings whilst "Nowhere" has some fine hooks and should be earmarked as a future single for sure, the "You won't try, You Don't Care" mantra and handclaps adding a pop sensibility that will ensure a wide ranging appeal. Every song here deserves its place and hopefully Longview will be able to keep up this same high standard for a long time to come.

Longview are sure to be a hit with the festival crowd at Reading and Leeds and with the rest of the nation soon. Lets hope the Mercury Music Prize panel have long memories when nominating next year!



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On 2nd September 2003 at 20:01 Anonymous 706 wrote...

Great album.



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