I was so looking forward to hearing this CD. LOT put me under their spell with the “A Crimson Cosmos” CD and it has been an interesting, fun and somewhat bumpy ride ever since. If you read my review for LOT’s “Black Brick Road” CD (my fave, right up there with …Cosmos), what made that CD charming is precisely what makes this one sometimes cringe-worthy.
With English being Daniel Brennare‘s second language, the phrasing in his lyrics can be quite unique and charming. Conversely, it can sometimes make one cringe with phrases that just don’t work. And when they don’t work when you read the lyrics, chances are they’ll sound pretty uncomfortable when they’re sung.
“It’s a new kind of thing
and it comes with the morning
Some new kind of fuzz
You need some new kind of buzz” – from “You Better Breathe While There’s Still Air”
And “Makes me feel just like a leaf…”, well you get the picture.
The music is just average compared to their other work, but it’s hard to criticize because you can just hear that they poured everything they have into the making of this disc.
I dunno, the effort gets an “A” but the finished work is a “C”, especially following the brilliance that was “Black Brick Road.”
Rating: 3 out of 5