Album – Ill Advised – The Boy Lacks Patience

Posted by admin on February 23rd, 2006

From the moment the CD begins, you’re struck by it’s sheer, almost childlike simplicity. Actually simplicity isn’t the word I mean, I think naivete is closer to the mark. This feels like a very personal album. You can almost sense the layers being stripped, one by one as the album progresses. The vocals at first seem very pure and youthful. That’s how it appears at first, but as you listen, there’s something more. This youthful voice has incredible maturity, but there’s a delicate balance of fragility and nervous excitement. At times there’s a touch of loneliness and then of breathless urgency.

The album consists of 10 tracks, helping to form an incredibly polished debut album. All the songs follow a very similar style, consisting of a pianist, vocals and some accompaniment. Predictably enough, my favorite tracks are “A Boat To Your Fathers House” and “Christopher John” as I’ve heard these quite a few times, before even getting the album. I have no doubt that my list of favorites will quickly increase the more I listen to the album.

I keep trying to form a mental picture, trying to make some kind of comparison between The Boy Lacks Patience and anyone else, but my mind keeps staring at a blank canvas. I suppose you could throw in a bit of Deacon Blue here and there, but I can’t think of anyone else. That’s probably a good think overall, but sometimes people find it harder to access a new artist without having some kind of preconceptions. All I can say is listen to the featured song and visit the website for some more free downloads and make your own mind up.

Conclusion : I love this album and have been waiting for it, ever since I first heard an early track recording on the Tartan Podcast. The wait was worthwhile. I wholeheartedly recommend this album.

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