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Review: 'RED LAMA'

-  Label: 'All Good Clean Records'
-  Genre: 'Rock' -  Release Date: '23rd February 2018'

Our Rating:
Like their 2016 debut ‘Dreams Are Free’, this Danish seven-piece band's second album is rooted in classic stadium rock. As such, there is no shortage of sound and fury although it's never entirely clear what it all signifies.

There are grandiose production values yet in the rare moments when the volume softens, the singer sounds more like Morrissey than Bono suggesting that there are humble Indie origins behind their epic sound.

Beginning with the "apocalypse dream" of Perfect Strangers the fullness of the arrangements seemingly seek to bludgeon the listener into submission which means that subtlety is not high on the agenda.

Moreover, the ho-hum lyrical content don't quite match the bombast. "What an adventure being alive" from Have A Great Today is a nice enough sentiment but somehow there's an expectation for something more profound.

Without question the standout track here is Awakening which features Balkan clarinetist Bjonko. His playing adds exotic textures to a track that builds impressively over the course of almost seven minutes.

This track alone makes this a record worth investigating but it's a pity that the rest of the album doesn't display the same level of range or sophistication.

  author: Martin Raybould

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