Album Review: Steve Mason - 'Boys Outside' (Double Six) Steve Mason Tickets

The mask is off, but Mason's emotional wounds are still present

Album Review: Steve Mason - 'Boys Outside' (Double Six)

8 / 10 When we last heard from Beta Band survivor Steve Mason, he was angrily venting about a failed relationship, amid the icy electro-pop of Black Affair’s lone album. Before that, he traded as King Biscuit Time. For this new offering he’s abandoned disguises, but his emotional wounds still weep: “I wake up every morning with a new-broke heart”, he sings during ‘Let It In’. Nonetheless, Mason seems to be emerging from a dark period. Certainly, his songwriting has regained its trademark warmth and tenderness. This album offers an elegant blend of trilling piano, strummed guitar and crisp digital beats, but it’s dominated by Mason’s voice, and his monastic chants prove as soothing and stirring as when they wafted across The Beta Band’s deathless debut ‘Dry The Rain’.

Niall O’Keeffe

Click here to get your copy of Steve Mason's 'Boys Outside' from the Rough Trade shop

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

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

More Videos
More Steve Mason
Steve Mason Tickets
Date/Time Venue Seetickets Viagogo


Buy Steve Mason (ex The Beta Band) Tickets

 

back to top

Date/Time Venue Town/City Seetickets Viagogo
21 Nov 2015 St Pauls Arts Centre Worthing

Buy Steve Mason (ex The Beta Band) Tickets

 

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM