What a difference seven months make!! Jake has now left the band, for reason I know not of, leaving driving force and main man Simon York on his tod to do the remainder of the work leading up to the release. Kevin Bales played drums and Robert Squirrell did some trumpetry though!
Now that the album has been released (28/4/17) I have now had a chance to listen to the finished product at my leisure in a warm room not having to worry about how shit I feel or how many coffees I need to stay awake.
This album is well produced, very well produced!! Everything in the mix sounds even and at just the right level in the mix!! It’s not overblown, crowded out or too pompous! Every instrument is crystal clear and no straining of ear nor tweaking of EQ is required to get the most out of this album.
'Wash' has a snarling emphatic drum beat which is the perfect counterbalance to the melted chocolate vocal. The guitar comes in out of the shadows and adds some silvery flourishes before dipping out again. Everything about this track is just perfect!! I actually like the pondering wandering flamenco whimsy of 'When The Lady Takes The Blame'. Another great track is 'Side of the Road'. A great head nodder, just the right side of pensive and perfect for working to!!
If this album does not bring in some well deserved and steady revenue for the band then I’d like to know why because a lot of hard work, dedication, sweat, tears, trauma and personal trials have all gone into the crafting of this along with a great engineer!!! I mean, seriously!! There is a lot of crap out there that in my opinion should not be given the light of day or be classed as art – and stuff like this gets overlooked??
Luxury Stranger have been around for years and deserve recognition in my view!!
If Ansel Adams was a recording artist he would be pleased with what he’d produced here!!