First for music news
This Week's Issue
You’re logged in

Album Review: Speck Mountain - 'Some Sweet Relief'

It might lack variety, but it doesn't lack beauty

Album Review: Speck Mountain - 'Some Sweet Relief'

5 / 10 Are you alright? You look stressed, as if the weight of the world after a spectacular pizza binge is on your shoulders. Here, sit down and allow the gentle ‘ambient soul’ (their description, not ours – there’s not much of a soul feel to be found here) of Speck Mountain’s second album wash over you. In fact, ‘Some Sweet Relief’ recalls some of Spiritualized’s gentler moments, coupled with the aching female vocals of proto-shoegazers Opal and some vaguely jazzy, shifting textures. It is a one-trick album and they spunk away their best song, the incantatory ‘Shame On The Soul’, right at the start, but the aforementioned trick is, at least, an affecting, and very occasionally gorgeous, one.

Pete Cashmore

More on this artist:
Speck Mountain NME Artist Page
Speck Mountain MySpace

To rate this track, log in to NME.COM

To read all our reviews first - days before they appear online - check out NME magazine, on sale every Wednesday


Please login to add your comment.

More Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
Know Your NME

NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read Reviews
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today