Monday, November 06, 2006

Guillemots - Through the Window Pane

Through The Window Pane
(Amazon Link)

Finally got hold of this and had a good listen. (Part of the last Nostalgia & Comics care package from Dave at the shop. The boys and girls there have promised to keep me updated on what's happening in the real world now we're in the wilds of Yorkshire - more cds please!)
It's a really good cd.

Funnily enough I saw the Guillemots a while ago before this album really went huge. They were supporting Rufus Wainwright at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Great gig, lead singer Fyfe Dangerfield (great name) did the thing that most people do in the symphony hall and did one song completely unamped. Just him and his voice keening out beautifully into the audience making best use of the incredible acoustics of the room.

The cd itself is a great listen. The singles Made Up Love Song and Trains to Brazil are early highlights but on repeated listens it's some of the quieter, more anthemic songs that stay with you. And of course, the cd closer San Paulo is just majestic over the entire 11 minutes.

One strange observation though, Fyfe's voice is really reminiscent of many other singers over the course of the cd- Roddy Frame, Mike Scott but he really songs like Morten Harkett from A-Ha on several tracks (there's another guilty secret band for me - A-Ha, great, great band.)


  1. Anonymous10:14 AM

    Complete and utter unlistenable twaddle with no redeeming features whatsoever. For pussies only.

    R U Morbid?

  2. always nice to get well argued, reasoned comments.
    perhaps if anonymous could think of a well argued, reasoned comment they could post it here.

    of course everyone is entitled to their opinion, but it's easily discounted as the ravings of a fool if they don't have the courage of their convictions and post a name next to it.

  3. Guillimots are brill. Could have been made for me. Wonderful words, raving about backings and so soul tearing. Bliss. See Memory of Water version by courtesy of Marillion. Maybe Fife would allow a version of If the World Ends by this voice... who knows.