Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Tall Tall Trees – Moment (Album Review)

From the first gentle chords of Tall Tall Trees second album you can feel something special is about to happen. With gentle, almost Tom Yorke falsetto the vocals are introduced and ‘Highwire’ kicks in with is understated melody and subtle harmony to match. This track could have been a one off to sell the album to those who only listen to the first track of albums before making up their minds, but this is a rollercoaster of styles and emotions which will keep you engrossed for all 9 tracks.

The album showcases a band who want to do it all, from acoustic musing to upbeat country, Beatles-esque lead guitar from the Abbey Road period to country with a bhangra feel (honestly I’m not kidding!). Without a doubt the album displays what the group are about and how musically gifted they are both individually and as a four piece.

Usually at this point I would mention a couple of standout tracks on the album, but to be totally honest each song on the album has to be judged on its own merit. My favourite track however is probably ‘The Elk’, slightly resembling an early Gomez tune with its meandering intro and slow build into a more obvious blues number. No lyrics on this one, and that’s refreshing at a time when bands seem to want to say too much.

Now for my main criticism of this’s too short. Each time I listen I’m disappointed at the end, but that maybe the sign of a great band leaving the audience wanting more. Give it a listen, you can stream it live on their website at trust me, it’s well worth the effort. So far my album of the year and it's going to take some beating.

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