Label: Not On Label - none • Format: CDr Album, Unofficial Release • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Ethereal
The Reegs ' one proper album as such is one of those efforts where it's better remembered for the sound rather than the songs, if only because Reg Smithies and Dave Fielding are such amazingly Lovely Day - Various - Ronnys Pop Show 80er Jahre Megamix guitarists that their talents overshadow almost anything else. The opening song, "J. But this set aside, there's still enough on the album to justify a listen, though ultimately J.
J. 180 - The Reegs - Live is an album for those already convinced by their abilities instead of for newcomers; the Chameleons are just simply that strong as a unit, something the Reegs are comparable but not equal to in the end. The sometimes half-whispered, half-sung vocals from Fielding and Gary Lavery aren't enough of a hook as Mark Burgess ' compelling singing, while the creativity of John Lever 's drumming is still missing.
And yet, fine moments abound; the tension and sense of creeping drama in many songs and arrangements in particular, such as "The Blind Denial" or the often-times breathtaking "In Disbelief"; or the just unsettling enough flow of "The Dolphin's Enemy," another instrumental which starts the second-half of the album.
When the songs themselves really hit a memorable stride -- "Oil and Water" is perhaps the best of the bunch -- then the Reegs really connect, and some success is certainly better than J.
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