Hour To Hour - The Stress Of Leisure Album Review
Why is it that every year an album of slow-building poptastic singer-songwriter tunes sneaks under the critical radar. Here is that album. It's a mish-mash of Go-Betweens, Pavement, Smiths, Robert Smith, Lloyd Cole and Babybird and it works, but I cannot work out why. Is it the tortured textures of "Sunday Afternoon"? Is it the swaying stutter of "Blues For Britney"? Is it even the Teenage Fanclubby opener, "What A Lovely Story"? Oh I don't know.... It's all a big blur of languid, strummy-by-numbers, surf-bum, nerd-bum poems rolled out by a man who looks unassuming and sounds the same.
If there was any justice you would be hearing the quirky "Man Doll" or post-punk banger, "Tracksuited", on the radio all the time. The latter is a potential anthem for the chav generation without the swagger. If he came from Camden or Hoxton he would be worshipped - he comes from Brisbane so it might be a bit trickier to break over here but, really, this set of slightly bitter and slightly more sweet songs are worth a punt. Get in Queensland!!