This is a record that has to be listened to a few times before
its beauty truly sinks in. But believe me, the beauty will sink
in and chill you to the bones. This duo from somewhere in England
has been making music on and off for years, it seems, and always
turning out quality songs, full of aural beauty and creative
bliss. To The Moon is certainly no exception, proving
the rule more than ever.
The album kicks off with "Sweet Lemonade", a brilliant
90's style Britpop song, full of the bounce and joy of that era,
kind of like early Blur. Juxtaposing 80's synth sounds
with the attitude of more modern indie pop is what the next few
songs are about, and they do this marvelously. "Dream About
You" could be lifted from a Human League record just
as easily as it could have come from an early 90's shoegaze record.
"Beatufil Arctic Star" will surely go down in the history
books of wrongly sung along lyrics, right next to Hendrix's
"Excuse me while I kiss this guy
" I can't help
but singing "Beautiful myopic star", even though I know
what the lyric should rightly be. The music is mostly a bit downbeat
and thoughtful, and "Don't Know Why" is a perfect example
of how well this band can pull in the heart of the listener, and
keep it hooked for a four minute interlude that seems shorter
but somehow longer, all at once.
To The Moon is filled with character and charm, as well
as brilliance and magnificent musical ability. That's what keeps
me plugging it back into my cd player over and over and over again,
with no end in sight to this cycle. I'm hooked on the music of
it chills me to the bones. It's like
an Alice In Wonderland ride through the mind of someone
as gifted as Lewis Carroll; full of wonderful surprises
at each turn and wonderfully ever-changing landscapes and strange
characters, but without all the opium and mathematics.
As an aside, for all you record collecting, trivia knowing
kids out there
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1. Sweet Lemonade
2. Dream About You
3. Beautiful Arctic Star
4. From A Distance
5. Don't Know Why
6. Colder Days
7. Good Grief
9. Out Of Touch
10. Nobody Sees
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