Monday, January 5, 2009

When I Cross the River (Tom Bolton)

Melbourne's, Tom Bolton whisks you away in a transparent record, When I Cross the River. Like something you'd get if you crossed Nick Drake with Pink Floyd, the album stretches across many sounds and sub-genres.

Bolton's folkish tracks seem more forced, but when he eases into the space of his more atmospheric tracks, he really rises to the occasion.

Standout tracks include, Silver; a Pink Floyd meets Radiohead song with dissonance galore and haunting vocals, Longer Than My Life; another Radiohead-esque song that delivers dark scenes through well executed recording and producion, and lastly, Little Star; one of the simpliest songs I've heard in a while, but that captures more heart and rawness than you can give one sentence credit.

RATING: 3 of 5 stars

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