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Turin Brakes : Long Distance

...a good example of the least hip virtues still providing radically affecting music...

Turin Brakes : Long Distance

As was clear on their brilliant dual harmony debut album, 'The Optimist', tunes by TB's Olly and Gale don't easily fit the silicon-sexy zone of singles charts. Much of their keening, acoustic-based songwriting dramatises an emotional desert-scape alien to daytime radio. If there's a compromise with this lead-in to album two, its that 'Long Distance' rushes to soar up from the soulful piano chords, hitting a sumptuous chorus nearly as redemptive as their sneaky Top 40 hit 'Underdog (Save Me'). Tabloid judgement will still read 'Simon and Garfunkel on smack'. The bored shopper might find this a burst of organic piquancy amongst watery GM, and a good example of the least hip virtues still providing radically affecting music.

Roger Morton

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