80 - THE PAST, THE PRESENT & THE POSSIBLE
80 have been around for almost twenty years now, without ever
really making a significant impact – you won’t see
them named as leading lights in any scene during that period.
Their dedication to keeping going in the face of such indifference
is admirable, but I doubt if The Past, the Present &
the Possible is going to rocket them into the big leagues
any time soon.
Not that this is a bad album. In fact, the eleven songs on here
all share a genuine pleasantness – a slightly trippy, definitely
summery, chill out vibe (which I might not have responded to fully
on a wet day in February!), and it’s certainly foot-tapping
stuff. However, nothing really stands out – it feels like
the sort of album that you’ll play and then more or less
instantly forget. Each track might work individually, but listened
to back-to-back, they tend to all feel a little samey.
The production is glossily smooth, the performances excellent
– though frontman Xavier Boyer is, I'm afraid, pretty passionless,
singing everything in a one-note indie wussy boy manner –
you suspect that some of these tracks would be more memorable
with more emotive singing. As it is, the word ‘bland’
keeps unfortunately coming to mind.
This is a pretty, entirely listenable album. Whether you’d
choose to listen to it again, other than as background wallpaper,
is open to question though.
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