Title - 'CousteauX'
Artist - CousteauX
For those not in the know, Cousteau are a London-based band who enjoyed considerable international success, particularly in Italy and the U.S. from 1999 to 2005.
Indeed, the band's sound has been compared to Burt Bacharach, Scott Walker, Elvis Costello, and David Bowie with an updated contemporary edge.
Their best known song remains the single "The Last Good Day of the Year", from their eponymous debut album. It has featured in advertisements (such as those for Nissan in the United States and Borsci in Italy), and films such as 'Happily Ever After'.
However, in 2016 it was announced that Liam McKahey and Davey Ray Moor were returning as CousteauX and were back in the recording studio preparing new music.
The reason they renamed the band and added an 'X' to the end of it was to honor the new era of the band. The new CousteauX began with a sold-out debut at The Blue Note in Milan in May 2016 and now have brought out a simply stunning new self-titled album via Silent X Records.
1. 'Memory Is A Weapon'
2, 'This Might Be Love'
4. 'The Innermost Light'
5. 'Maybe You'
6. 'Portobello Serenade'
7. 'Thin Red Line'
9. 'Season Of You'
10. 'F**king In Joy And Sorrow'
The English pop noir band have most certainly managed to keep their music credibility sky high here on CosuteauX for each of the 10 tracks are as pumped, as heartfelt, and as freeflowingly brilliant as the next.
The album opens with 'Memory Is A Weapon,' a song which perfectly displays the majesty of their sculptured sound. A sultry, late night, smokey underground jazz/blues cafe piano and horn cut, it's an incredible way to start musical proceedings. That's backed up seamlessly with both 'This Might Be Love' and then the horn-led ballad 'BURMA.'
Aided in its creation by a Pledge Music funding campaign, next up is a song co-written by, and featuring Carl Barat of The libertines, the moody and mysterious 'The Innermost Light.' The piano once again takes center stage on the calming ballad 'Maybe You,' and then that's followed by the guitar-lite balladry of 'Portobello Serenade.'
'Thin Red Lines' showcases lead singer Liam McKahey's Bowie-esque vocal tones to perfection, and that's backed by the almost-acapella approach to 'Shelter.' The CD then rounds out with the mid-tempo 'Seasons Of You', before ending with the soulful horns of 'F**king In Joy And Sorrow.'
If you've never heard Cousteau, let alone CousteauX, do yourself a favor and buy anything they've ever put out! For Liam McKahey's distinctive baritone vocals will grab you by your inner core, meld into you as one, and whilst your eyes are closed, a huge smile on your face, you will have been willingly transported back to a musical era you have never felt more comfortable within.
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