The Wave Pictures - City Forgiveness
The Wave Pictures: City Forgiveness I mostly agree with Marc Burrows' review, but with some caveats. I'm no guitar expert, but I've listened to and watched enough great guitarists over the years to know that David Tattersall is technically gifted as opposed to being 'all over the shop'. DT does things with a guitar most musicians can only dream of. I don't think he's a messy player at all - he's doing exactly what he wants to do, Marc correctly pointing out that he's expressive and impassioned. If it sounds ‘messy’, that’s because it’s meant to sound messy! The interplay between guitar, bass and drums on this album is revelatory, the musicianship taking the Wave Pictures to another level. This is their best album, and chatting to the band after their recent in-store at Rough Trade, I know they agree. I too had reservations about the prospect of 4 sides of music. The first couple of listens left me a bit non-plussed, but it's on repeat visits that the listener starts to reap rewards. The quality and individuality of the songs becomes apparent. The hummable melodies start to stick, the witty lyrics raise a smile and those infectious guitar lines just keep on coming. Over 20 songs you expect a dip in quality at some stage. You keep waiting for a duff or merely ordinary track, but it never comes. If anything, the album actually gets stronger, with the 5 songs on side 4 amongst the best on the record. This is a 9/10 LP and may well be the best album released this year so far.