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Darkness Falls Upon The Light – Luxury Stranger
Release Date: 28/04/17
Far from being an expert on the subject of Luxury Stranger (more of a virgin) my reaction on hearing the heavy drum intro of “Another Intoxicated Release” is to close my eyes and allow myself to be transported back to a time where everything is familiar and comforting but most certainly not mundane.
It encapsulates all I remember of the early 80s post punk sound but carries a unique twist which means it translates well into a modern setting too. There is a distinct power and passion in Simon York's vocal which is particularly evident in “When The Lady Takes The Blame” with it's haunting sound and intense lyrics. By the end of this track the hair on the back of your neck is standing to attention.
Across the board there is a very dominant rhythm section, profound and capacious yet extremely effective in its ability to soothe. Maybe it is just me, but I have always found heavy bass lines somewhat hypnotic and that power is most apparent in “Wash” which is up there as my top track.
This is one of those albums that you actually listen to every single song with no requirement of the skip button and if anything you are more likely to be reaching out to repeat!