The band have a reputation for their powerful, spirited live shows; translating this trademark energy onto a recording must have been quite a challenge, but Love Army does the job with aplomb.
Along with a polished and poignant set of songs, Prass’ great asset is her fresh, affecting voice that has a touch Kate Bush or Tori Amos, while channelling those great songstresses of the seventies.
The overwhelming impression from listening to Fresh Blood is how deeply White cares about his craft. He meticulously uses the methods of the past without being stuck in the past, delivering a collection of refreshing, well constructed songs that make for an outstanding album, an offering of great substance.
Knopfler, who was always the least fashionable of rock stars, is only interested in producing the kind of music he wants to make. In this respect he is reflected in the character in “Skydiver” who sings ‘I don’t give a damn about a thing’. In an era dominated by manufactured music this is a refreshing approach, and has culminated in one of Knopfler’s best solo albums.
It’s a sprawling work that manages to combine rock’n’roll excesses with pop song sensibilities, creating a sonic landscape that demands the listener’s attention from start to finish.
As the title suggests, this is an album that explores the very different sides of human experience. It’s bittersweet and very satisfying.
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