nobody knows what the future beholds.
even i couldnt see a new album coming!
fav track though is "Seventeen"
it brings back a warm memory.
We are met with the many faces of Matt Hales, and quite a few of his friends. Joel Compass propels the dubstep-lite of opener 'Tape2Tape', the sultry soul of Lianne La Havas gives added depth to 'Eggshells', and by the time Luke Sital-Singh has added his not inconsiderable talents to 'Be Beautiful' a pattern develops. No two songs sound the same. None of them are obviously, definably Aqualung. You’d be hard-pushed, pressing play on this album, to know precisely whose album it was.
At least that is, until the wondrous 'Seventeens' takes us back ten years (at least) to the moment that all the most emotive moments in popular culture were soundtracked by Matt Hales, his piano and his falsetto. This is a fabulous song. It will play behind emotional televisual moments for years to come. By rights it should receive so much attention that you become sick of it. Except you won’t, because it is completely wonderful.
And then, all too soon, the moment passes, and the four to the floor pop of 'New Low' careers in to view. It too is great. It, too, is entirely different from what has preceded and what follows it. The whole album proceeds like this. Closers 'Everything' and 'To the Wonder' alternately allow Hales to out-James Blake James Blake, and to show that there is an unsurpassed beauty in allowing his piano and his voice to be the centre of attention.