‘No Thrills’ is an exaggeration, but he’s certainly misplaced some of them

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Amateur Best – 'No Thrills'

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Amateur Best – ‘No Thrills’

Amateur Best, aka one-man band Joe Flory, embraces a kind of sultry electronica that occasionally tends towards the ambient. With his soft caress of a croon, this is when the ex-Primary 1 man is at his, erm, best. The multi-layered harmonies that wash over ‘Ready For The Good Life’ are spine-tingling, while ‘Too Much’ and ‘The Wave’ are dappled with subtle beats and baritone tenderness. Too often, however, Flory is prone to overcomplicating matters, and tracks like ‘In Time’ and ‘Get Down’ wind up too governed by the soulless stamp of the laptop. ‘No Thrills’ is an exaggeration, but he’s certainly misplaced some of them.
Lisa Wright