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The Heavenly States

The Heavenly States Oct 2003

The Heavenly States have released their first album and it follows on from their split single with Coldplay (not a recommendation in my book but thatís another story). I have had the CD for a long time and wish I liked it more. The Story Of is a great, energetic song with lots of violin and a bouncy rhythm that is like the B52s re-interpreting REM. Friends is hopelessly romantic and has a stunning near-field vocal to grab you and pull you into the atmosphere. After that I just get lost in what becomes mediocrity. All the right elements are there - violin, great guitar work, connections with Palace and Smog. But, strangely enough, it just doesnít quite work for me as an album, even though there are some really good songs. They seem to be reaching for a pop-alternative area that I canít relate to. Iím sad because I can tell that this band are capable of really exciting me.

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