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Patience - 'Dizzy Spells' Album Review


1. The Girls Are Chewing Gum

2. Living Things Don’t Last

3. White Of An Eye

4. No Roses

5. Aerosol

6. The Church

7. Voices In The Sand

8. Moral Damage

9. The Pressure

10. Silent House

This is Electronic Dance-based music. For me this has a very 80’s vibe to it mixed with a 90’s Pop undertone. Given how much good music came out of the 80’s and 90’s that’s not a bad thing.

Album opener 'The Girls Are Chewing Gum' sets a quite poppy, upbeat tone to this album. The second song, 'Living Things Don’t Last' introduces some darker elements to this album that started to really draw me in.

There is a later OMD feel to some of the songs. The vocals feel quite upbeat but when you listen to the actual lyrics they take the songs to a deeper and darker place.

The third song, 'White Of An Eye' steals some elements from New Order but the vocal delivery is nearer Sarah Cracknell of St Etienne.

Over the whole album I felt myself wishing something different would happen, I think as singles many of these songs could be real contenders, my concern is I’m not sure who would listen to this album from start to finish more than once, it feels like an album to pick your favourites from and add them to your playlists.

There are some fantastic elements to Patience, I can see what she’s trying to do, its just not all quite come together enough for me to give this a five but there are songs that I really enjoyed.

I think the standout song for me is 'The Church', all the elements come together, a great and challenging music environment, the detached vocal which sounds so upbeat until you realise what’s being sung and a feel that you’ve heard it before, but you can’t quite place your finger on where and when. I enjoyed quite a few of the other songs and may add some of them, such as 'The Pressure' and 'Moral Damage' to one of my playlists. Go listen to this album, it may be that you get it all and not just the songs I like.

Review - Iain McClay

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