Barricades Rise: You and Yours Adored

~ Monday, 8 February 2010
This, the debut album from the Midlands duo of Jonathan Coates and Michael McEntee has been around for a few months now and has seen them garner some impressive reviews off the back of it. One thing in particular stand out when listening to this album and that is that Coates has an impressive voice on him, kind of like a cross between James Dean Bradfield and Olly Knights. The music is acoustic with Turin Brakes, Elbow, Manic Street Preachers and even Jacques Brel making their presence felt.

Their nu-folk sound has elements of pop and rock about it which certainly gives it broader appeal. This Creation and Aftermath can't hide from Turin Brakes comparisons, not necessarily a bad thing but hardly original. Don't get me wrong, they do know how to write a good song as Penelope and Wake prove but wearing your influences on your sleeve to the extent that they do may not be the best direction to go in.

This is pretty decent debut that shows a lot of promise, but suffers from sounding like to many other bands. There is no doubting that Coates voice is the star of the show here but taking more time to perfect their sound and with better production these guys could turn into something beautiful.

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