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Two new reviews!

July 27th, 2007 | Category: Blog

Two new reviews of “Watch” are out! The first is a detailed, musically focused look at the album by imasadlittleboy. You can read the track by track analysis here. Check out his other reviews while you’re there (mostly of big label acts) – interesting views. His favourite track of the album seems to be “He thinks of the Sixties”:

the song opens with a very simple sounding guitar before a second one follows and the vocals again take a Buckley-esque feel …. The lyrics are again wonderfully crafted together to create a song with a real head nodding feel to it, and this is possibly the AAA song from the album. The song just again has some sort of wonderful charm which keeps hooked from start to end, and makes you want to stick the track on repeat.

The second is in August’s Sound on Sound (“The World’s Best Recording Magazine” with a circulation of around 40,000 copies!). It starts off like this:

C Calam has produced a beautifully packaged debut album, and you get the impression that an equal amount of hard work has been expended on the music. That work has paid off in many areas, most notably the synth programming, which yields dense arrangements brimming with imaginative sounds and textures.

Before plunging into the details of the mixing (well, it is a recording magazine). You can read the whole thing online here.

PS: The same reviewer said this about the next CD he reviewed: “There’s a throwing-the-dummy-out-of-the-pram quality to [the] music that begins to grate fairly quickly, and the lyrics offer empty, angst-rock cliche rather than telling detail or fresh observation”. So I think I got off pretty lightly with just a bit of critisism of the mix!

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