The Mercurymen: Postcards From Valonia

~ Tuesday, 23 June 2009
The combined talents of Jinder, Gavin Wyatt and Simon Johnson make up The Mercurymen and this debut from the London 3 piece is full of acoustic based gems, but sadly it fails to capture the full magic of the bands live performances. Yes, the music is good, but the hair raising vocal harmonies that would give Crosby, Stills and Nash a run for their money are sadly too far back in the mix. Live, it is this mixture of harmonies and great songs that makes them such an appealing prospect, but with this album the guys record company have missed a trick. Don't get me wrong, this is a good album, but it could have been great.

The album kicks off with the single Keep Me In Your Heart, a sparkling piece of pop that easily gets lodge in the head. The beautiful Scent, co-written with Deacon Blue's Ricky Ross, is an instant classic, with lush strings and haunting vocals, while the reggae tinged Rough Around The Edges is a real floor filler.

The album closes on the touching You Don't Have To Be Alone. On this track front man Jinder shows what a truly wonderful singer he is.

This is a good album. If I had never seen the band live, I would have said it was great album, but the production just does not capture what it is that makes this band so unique.

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