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Morning Lane

Morning Lane Oct 2005

Despite hailing from London, the music emphasises melody and upbeat rhythms (even on the sad songs) in a way that only Americana tends to do. There is also the feel of some balladic 70s bands (The Hollies, even Mott The Hoople) mixed with some Radioheadesque drawling. It also reminds me a bit of "Pablo Honey" (which was my favourite Radiohead album), but more rooted in everyday concerns.

I like the description of Joe Killington's vocal effects being "provided by Stella Artois and Mayfair cigarettes". He must be doing something right because it is a voice with wonderful raspiness. In My Head is beautifully controlled passion and the whole CD feels 'real'. Rooted in real experience, and no pretensions.

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