Album: Guillemots, Walk the River (Geffen)
Friday 15 April 2011
Guillemots have never been short on ambition, and Walk the River opens accordingly, with trepidation and expectation wrapped up together in the title-track's foreboding intro riff, as Fyfe Dangerfield sings of "backing out of the race".
Of course, there's no way he'd carry out such a threat, and subsequent songs find him exulting in the cascading guitar lines, veils of organ and shimmering string pads of songs such as "Vermillion" and the epic plodder "Sometimes I Remember Wrong". "Slow Train" stands out for its blend of buzzy electropop synth and George Michael-style croon, but a more worrying comparison is suggested by the plaintive self-pity of "Dancing in the Devil's Shoes" and especially "I Don't Feel Amazing Now", in which the dread spectre of U2 and Coldplay's billboard sincerity looms a little too large for comfort.
DOWNLOAD THIS Walk the River; Vermillion; Slow Train
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