If you were one of the many loyal fans that were a bit put off
by the blandness of Coldplay's X And Y record, then
I have some great news for you. Forget all about Coldplay. Instead,
try yourself on a set of songs from Turn Off The Stars.
This brightly Brit-poppy band sounds like they've come from the
same stomping grounds as Chris Martin and Co. but have
a depth to their debut eponymous release that was lacking on the
latest Coldplay record.
All of the songs on Turn Off The Stars have a depth and
ambiance that transcends most of the Britpop that has been released
over the past two years. The songs have a haunting melancholy
that is broodingly reminiscent of A Rush Of Blood To The Head's
finer moments. TOTS has an emotional commitment to their music
that draws easy comparison to the masters of modern anthemic Britpop,
Embrace, their songs carrying a dynamic presence and enthralling
quality. Lead vocalist Michael Walker slips easily in and
out of a keen falsetto that will give most casual listeners the
impression that he is merely lifting from Chris Martin, but there
is a sincerity and depth to his voice that Martin most times lacks.
Turn Off The Stars' debut record is an amazing eleven tracks
of modern Britpop influenced music. The songs are catchy and
densely layered with well-produced and brilliantly arranged
sounds and structures. Selling this band as the new Coldplay
does nothing but sell them short of their own ability. TOTS
eclipses that oversimplified comparison by leaps and bounds.
My only complaint is that there aren't more songs.
1. I Wasn't Ready
3. Falling Into You
4. Hours & Days
5. 30 Days
7. Nowhere Skies
9. Usual To Me
10. If Only
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