With a total of ten tracks on this album, SOLAS have shown how creative they can be and ‘Take You Home’ is a good example of this; the guitars come in hitting you unexpectedly but at just the right moment. The keyboard playing has the hallmark of one Leon Russell in his younger days and in fact one could say that his spirit lives on in this album as elements of the 70s are suddenly thrust up against the sounds of 2017.
‘Moira’ is very radio friendly and is one of those ‘pop’ songs (and no, that is not meant detrimentally) one could imagine many established acts wanting to get their hands on; tough…it’s taken!
Further on into the album one comes across ‘Sing For Me’ which has that slightly Southern feel to it and if Richards/Jagger had written this it would be a shining star in their repertoire. This again shows how SOLAS are capable of writing songs for themselves but also have that uncanny knack of having written material which one can imagine others performing and not all writers are capable of this.
The whole album gently rolls from one track into another demanding a second listening and finalises, very subtly, with ‘So Dog Tired’.
There is nothing dog tired about this album at all and it requires ardent listening so that one can take in all the melodies, lyrics, subtleties and musical interaction.
This should be in your collection and if not, well…there’s a wasted space there.
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