Around The Sun (2004)

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Af­ter eight months of stu­dio mi­cro­man­age­ment, Around The Sun ar­rived as some­thing of an over­pro­duced mess, with the gui­tarist quickly con­ced­ing that the band were “so bored of the ma­te­rial”, and boy does it ever show. Fi­nal Straw tries to chan­nel the smoul­der­ing in­dig­na­tion of an anti-war protest song with only luke­warm re­sults; Boy In The Well fares a lit­tle bet­ter, with some of the an­themic, mi­nor chord moxie that de­fined cuts such as I’ll Take The Rain from 2001’s Re­veal ses­sions, but mostly the gui­tar tracks here are ster­ilised in the fi­nal mix un­der a sheen of au­dio Bryl­creem.

Rec­om­mended track: Boy In The Well

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