| The album kicks off with a track like something straight out of a Don Henleyalbum. ‘I Behaved that Way’ is sublime, all breathy vocals and amelody something similar to those out of Laid-era James. Totally laid-back butalso misleading for the rest of the album. Track two, Comeback, is sped up andbouncier despite producer Jerry Kee’s questioning ‘are you reallysure you need to rush right through [it]?’ which contributes to the headychaos of its pop-cum-Oasis style. Whatever, its happy and sets the tone for mostof the rest of the album. |
There are even bluesy tones that come through in the slower tracks such as ‘The Aragon and Trianon’ and bonus track ‘Jefferson’. In fact, ‘The Aragon and Trianon’ is a bluesy, forties jazzy stroll with a sumptuously simple arrangement of piano, guitar and muted percussion accompanied by an enchanting male-female duet. There’s so much melancholy yet it’s tempered by more hopeful notes finished off by a soulful trumpet that makes a great song. On ‘Jefferson’ bluesy, soul keyboards add warmth and a touch of the personal to it summing up what is more of a grower of an album.
However, like most good albums, the fact it’s a grower doesn’t matter until you find the songs ingrained in your brain and refusing to budge. I was surprised by how good this album is when I was expecting it not to be (particularly when I heard ‘I Behaved That Way’). It may have taken six years to re-release this album but it was well worth it.