Outbursts - Turin Brakes Album Review
There is always something re-assuring about the Brakes - warm sunny mornings, fresh 'proper coffee', a wander down to the river/beach and then home in time for a nice Sunday meal and a TV drama. And that is possibly the problem with their perceived audience, well the one that the media create anyway. Musically it's all very beautifully-crafted and easy to stick on when the baguettes are warming in the oven. Personally, I like all of the above little pleasures apart from the Sunday TV dramas - I mean, how many people are actually left in Midsomer after all those homicides?
Another question - how many more little treasures have Turin Brakes got tucked up their sleeves, because this is a very fine set of them. From the sweeping delight of the opening song 'Sea Change', with its infectious rhythm and chorus, past the joyous 'Rocket Song', into the obvious choice for a single (but isn't), 'The Invitation', I'm pushed to say that this is possibly their best album since their debut, even surpassing it. A bold statement.
The quality dips a little in the middle but, unlike previous Brakes albums, it only slips to the standard of some of the best moments from say, 'Jackinabox' or 'Ether Song'. The middle cluster of 'Apocolips', 'Embryos' and 'Never Stops' may well require repeated listens, but the closing trio of the sublime 'The Letting Down', 'Radio Silence' and the title track certainly don't - beautifully recorded and thoughtfully arranged, those fragile harmonies combining to make a perfect epilogue to a satisfying stroll along the beach, a warm sunny morning and a big old pint of cider.
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