Band leader Ben Siddall's songs are elegant gems of melodic construction; catchy, sure, but also full of clever turns of phrase and rhythmic hooks that add depth and elevate them into the realm of the truly special. And now we are very proud to bring you Life Is Sweet, their brand new album. Conceived of as a "proper" album rather just a bunch of songs, Ben, bassist Joe Margetts and drummer Bruce Renshaw have created what could be one of the top albums of , and certainly a great album in the long tradition of UK guitar pop.
More textural and varied that its predecessor, Life Is Sweet is still filled with gorgeous melodies and some of the catchiest tunes you'll ever have stuck in your ear, but it also is deeper and more thoughtful, full of emotional peaks and valleys.
Rather than just chip in with an album of "more of the same," the band has paid extra attention to the arrangements, with judicious use of string and acoustic guitars, lap steel and violin adding crucial detail and depth to the tunes. And what about the songs? These are easily the strongest batch of Lodger tunes yet.
Opener "My Finest Hour" is an upbeat charmer that reminds one of The Pale Fountains, setting a wistful tone for the rest of the album. First single "The Good Old Days" is pure Sound of Young Scotland energy; with it's scratchy riff, driving drums, sing-along chorus and bouncing bass it's bound to fill dancefloors for years to come. And so it goes - superb tune after superb tune, each one distinct from the others but taken together building Life Is Sweet into an assured example of the pop songwriter's and band's craft.
It's a true classic, a brilliantly written, produced and sequenced album that reveals new facets and produces new favorites with each listening. Tags Oakland. A Strange Dream. After School Special.
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Canada . United States . Australia  . And so it goes - superb tune after superb tune, each one distinct from the others but taken together building Life Is Sweet into an assured example of the pop songwriter's and band's craft.
It's a true classic, a brilliantly written, produced and sequenced album that reveals new facets and produces new favorites with each listening.
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