In-Flight Safety


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For a while it looked like Cana­dian in­die rock­ers In-Flight Safety had called it a day mu­si­cally, but fol­low­ing a pe­riod of work­ing apart gui­taristvo­cal­ist John Mul­lane and drum­mer Glen Nicholson re­united to pro­duce this, their third al­bum and it’s been well worth the wait. It’s ac­tu­ally been five years since We Are An Em­pire My Dear was re­leased and, although they’ve done well enough in the past, Con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist of­fers a lighter and more up­lift­ing lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Plenty of gui­tar-led songs, full of melody and hooks but with a de­light­ful air of fresh­ness that stays through­out the al­bum in spite of the slightly darker open­ing track Be­fore in­stru­men­tal, and in the way that much of it starts with a ‘head’ then wan­ders off into im­pro­vised sec­tions from both Eric and Mike, it falls more into jazz than rock, but then Eric likes do­ing that any­way. Per­haps the best thing about the ex­pe­ri­ence is that you find your­self smil­ing pretty much from start to fin­ish. Team­ing up with drum­mer An­ton Fig and John­son’s bassist, Chris Maresh plus a few spe­cial guests on vo­cals and brass this is a slick and mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion through­out, with beau­ti­ful mood swings, sur­prise el­e­ments and lush melodies. The blues-rock el­e­ment does get a look-in on the fi­nal track which of­fers a de­light­ful and fresh ap­proach to the Hen­drix clas­sic, Red House. It’s both great fun and mu­si­cally de­light­ful - we like this a lot!

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