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Paper Crown King by Seafood

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Reviewed on 15th September 2006.

 
 

Paper Crown King

By Seafood

One of the most underrated acts to emerge from the same Scottish scene as the likes of Idlewild and (obviously early) Snow Patrol, Seafood, through no fault of their own have just never caught on to the mainstream in a way that their combined talents have always merited.

The new album is their most dedicated and concentrated attempt to launch an attack on the wider market to date, if this doesn't catch on, nothing will. The most obvious change of tact is their alteration towards the more epic scale, a premeditated (or not) alteration or borrowing from, namely,  Arcade Fire. Predominantly in the vocals on tracks like 'Last Outpost' & 'Little Pieces', perhaps innocently seeing a gap in the market and looking to usurp some of Arcade Fire's considerably large pie. Perhaps a last gasp attempt to garner some attention. Either way, it works for them and in all honesty the added rocky elements often make Seafood the more rewarding listen.

Lead single 'Signal Sparks' is probably the best thing Seafood have ever written. A lovely delicate introduction that splinters and spits before exploding into a chorus of arena style proportions. The ethereal, passionate vocals ringing throughout with cries of "Just breath" before launching into the rallying calls of "Don't forget that you're living" really hitting home in a majestic way.

Other highlights include the opening number 'I Will Talk', with its sinister guitar line developing into an almost Queens Of The Stone Age chorus. Now and again the album gets bogged down in a bit of a quagmire of reverb and vocal warbling that may hinder its access to the true mainstream but 'Paper Crown King' is undoubtedly more hits than misses. The closer 'How You Gonna Live With Me?' adding some female vocals to proceedings to convey an almost 50's ballroom feel. There's a feeling that if Seafood had really wanted to mix things up, this female addition could have been added to some of the melodies on the other tracks and it would have really worked.

There's an overshadowing sense of darkness and dread on the album that could ultimately prove Seafood won't make it as far as a Radio 1 play list (despite the excellent positively hinted at on 'Signal Sparls'). It's a shame on the basis that more people should have the privilege of listening to Seafood. But on the other hand, everyone likes a cult hero.

 

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On 19th September 2006 at 18:35 Anonymous 3946 wrote...

Blimey, Seafood, that name brings back memories of sweaty student indie gigs in Stoke. Good times...correct me if I'm wrong though but I was sure they came from the East Midlands rather than Scotland (Nottingham? Northampton?)

 
 
 

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