The Hours - See The Light

The Hours - See The Light

Is Good Records

Their debut album threatened to establish Anthony Genn and Martin Slattery as stars in their right, after years as the nomads of British music, playing with everyone from Black Grape to Elastica, via Pulp and the legendary Joe Strummer as part of The Mescaleros. It had the quality you'd expect from such esteemed professionals, but it sadly never took off in the way it perhaps deserved.

This, their second album, even more powerful and dynamic than the first, is their chance to address that issue, as the world wakes up to see the light, and to hear The Hours. They wouldn't be disappointed too. This is another brilliant trail through simple, smart songwriting, unafraid to let the piano do the talking as Genn on vocals does the shouting.

Recorded live by Flood, there's a rawness that re-enforces a passion that manifests itself through its themes of loving people, loving music, and, well, what else matters?

In a music industry where artists are exerting every cubit of what imagination they have to think of new ways to sound, write, record and distribute, the power of a good song, sung with tenacity and viscera can be overlooked. That's what The Hours have been, that's what The Hours are, and, I imagine, that's what they'll always, and ever want to, be.


1. Daniel Plachy29 Mar 2009, 9:19pm Report

The above-mentioned comment has rendered the very true fact about this band. It shows that the person who has written it understands, perceives, and gets a good grasp of all aspects of music. In this world, especially these days, when there is much craving for our feelings to be healed, the music like this represents a certain anaesthetic. In the world of music all styles should be respected, although, to my best knowledge, some styles and music attempts are miles off what we could call music. Music should have a melodic structure that is either linked with lyrics portraying and emphasizing the music message, or without them. This kind of an anaesthetic has been incarnated in this album. The beginning of the first song is the vivid example: starting piano growing a person into lofty places, dressing the emotional wounds. And that's what music should be like in the first place. There is nothing more left to add. All the rest has been said by the person before more. I think it has been comprehensive enough. I am eagerly waiting for the album to be released to buy it.

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