Album review by KevW
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The titles generally speak for themselves; 'Winter Of Discontent', 'No-one Will Love You (Like I Do)', 'Lady Deceit', 'The Day I Change'... the subject matter is tedious and mostly the songs are no better, it becomes so dreary that it's a challenge to listen to all twelve tracks in one go. There are a couple of moments of colour piercing through the greyness; if you make it through the first three minutes of 'Valentine' you get the wonderful surprise of a commanding instrumental ending, which verges on the glorious and should be something they aim for more often. The album's strongest track is 'Macy', although there is nothing particularly exceptional about it, it's purely a good old fashioned decent tune.
In general 'The Hare, The Hound & The Tortoise' sounds flat, relying on imitation and hoping for the best. 'Too Drunk To Love's ending of "I'm too drunk to fuck, so just kiss me goodnight" just seems crass. The addition of more of their own character would be welcome and the brass really can make sections of this record shine. There's little here to captivate the listener and you're left hoping that true love is found by the next album to save us from another batch of tepid stories of romantic insecurity.
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