"Tales From Turnpike House" - Savoy Jazz
CD Roundup by Jim Fusili
Younger Artists, Boomer Appeal
This veteran U.K. trio has morphed into a stylish pop group, blending
gentle rhythms with acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies reminiscent of the
kind Brian Wilson writes, a claim made by many contemporary bands that's rarely
true. Sarah Cracknell is at the center of the sweet sound, easing into her
vocals, never rushing things, even when the heavy beats recall Saint Etienne's
earlier disco days. Stories about the comings and goings in an apartment complex
are enriched by flutes, strings, chiming guitars and always interesting arrangements.
A mature, confident recording that demands a review of the group's earlier
work. It was released on Tuesday.