EP – Last Night on Earth – Arrica Rose and the …’s

Posted by admin on October 17th, 2007

It took me a while to warm to this 5 track EP. I kept getting severe deja vu and couldn’t get past the fact that Arrica’s voice reminded me of someone, who’s name I couldn’t quite put my finger on. This meant I kept playing the EP, but just couldn’t put fingers to keyboard. I think I’m finally over it now, as you can plainly see.

Opening with “Turn” this was the track that was the hump I just couldn’t get over. It’s has a very 80’s feel, with Arrica providing vocals, that have an earthy, almost hungry feel to them. “Occasionally the World’s an Unhappy Place”, is where things really gets into their stride, feeling much more relaxed. From rock, we shift to a decidedly uncomfortable, almost country feel with the track “Rid of You”. I say country, but it soon shifts to a more bluesy sound. Whilst showing Arrica’s eclectic spectrum of tastes, the EP really feels somewhat unbalanced.

For me the final two tracks are where Arrica should concentrate her talents. “Wreck Me”, is where this instant, I just realised that Arrica reminds me a lot of Elkie Brooks a name I haven’t thought about for many years. “Silence (is all we need)” is the pure magic. It’s worth buying the EP for that track alone, albeit at just under 3 minutes, it’s could be a bit longer. I love the simplicity of the song and the minimalistic music, allowing Arrica’s voice to really shine.

Conclusion : A great EP, with some flashes of brilliance, in particular the final track, with it’s wonderful harmonies.

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