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Friday, 8 August 2008

"Memory Man"- Aqualung

For the uninitiated, 'Aqualung' is the stage name of English singer-songwriter, Matt Hales. He is usually lumped together with Coldplay. Comparisons that are rather puzzling, for the resemblance is only in passing; the frail but winning vocals, tinkling piano-playing and enigmatic, plaintive ballads.

Commercial sucess eludes Aqualung, even after scoring hits with 'Strange And Beautiful', soundtracking a Volkswagen Beetle advert in 2002, and 'Brighter Than Sunshine' in 2003. Perhaps a move to Columbia Records, USA will change Matt Hales' fortunes for the better. But for now, look to his 2007 album, 'Memory Man' for gorgeous,swirling, wistful music that could fill up a stadium as well as a concert-hall, in atmospherics, if not in audience. He also broke out the hard, rawkin' guitar, feedback, vocoders and breakbeats, so *take that* to all those knee-jerk Coldplay comparisions.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love this record! My fav aqualung album of all time. I especially adore Garden of Love - the part where Paul Buchanan enters with his voice, full of anguish and pain.

And broken bones - sigh, that song sure brings back plenty of nostalgia.

To quote Matt Hales, "i'll be your pressure suit, i'll be your angel wings, i'll be your parachute, it's alright, it's alright"

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