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[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/04-slow_club-it_doesnt_have_to_be_beautiful.mp3|titles=It Doesn't Have To Be Beautiful]Artists like Slow Club are the reason why I started writing this blog. Two incredibly talented musicians creating emotional music that will leave a smile (or a tear) on your face without a doubt. Of all the music I’ve covered, this is the one I really hope you enjoy.

Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, folk-duo from England, made one of the best albums I’ve heard in a few years with debut Yeah So. There is not one track on this record that fails to impress me with every single listen. From the cute opening “When I Go” to the 10-minute masterpiece closer “Our Most Brilliant Friends,” the musicianship, lyrics, and vocals are magnificent.

If you are a hopeless romantic, and you’ve never listened to “When I Go,” I genuinely feel upset for you. We are taken on a three minute journey through a relationship from beginning to end, which always makes me think of that opening scene in “Up.” Cute is the only word to describe this song. If a girl wrote this song for me, my knees would have buckled and I’d be proposing by the first chorus. I fall in love over again every time I hear it. It sounds like it should be on the soundtrack for “Juno.” Ladies, you are going to love this one!

The duo’s vocals are phenomenal. They blend so perfectly together, with the male voice complimenting the female voice and vice versa. On no track is this more evident than “It Doesn’t Have to be Beautiful.” It’s upbeat and it’s just a fun ride, with the harmonies between the two carrying the song. However, the voices on their own are still able to impress. For Charles, it’s on one of the album’s best tracks “Dance Till’ The Morning Light” that he gets to sing solo and show his vulnerability. And for Rebecca, “Our Most Brilliant Friends” displays her versatility with her beautiful falsetto as well as her amazing power.

Their lyrics have the power to make you feel any emotion that Charles and Rebecca want you to feel. Sadness, love, happiness, loss, commitment, anger. And they do it effortlessly. The final verse of “I Was Unconscious, It Was A Dream” is superb. “And your heart it aches for the lives that you will never lead. We come and go but someday I will find the time to lie beside you for one whole night.” This ends one of the more heartbreaking songs on the album, a song about regret, and being unable to sleep because of the many thoughts on one’s mind.

I rest my case. Please listen to this album. It’s spectacular. This praise isn’t even half of what Slow Club deserves for this album. Bravo.

** Their new album, “Paradise” comes out on September 12!


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  • Anonymous

    Not really my style, but it is VERY polished. They definitely have a distinct and clear sound, and a fitting new age approach to folk. Love that you love him though, that’s what blogging is all about, especially Dreamland blogging ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      Thanks brotha, I figured it wouldn’t be your style. I think I might have one in the coming weeks that you’ll like, not sure yet though.

  • Chris Elliott

    Wow! Great piece man. I’m continuously impressed by the talent that you bring out of Dreamland’s wood-work. This is definitely one of the most compelling pieces you’ve written. I will DEFINITELY be checking these guys out. I’m craving new music and When I Go really struck a chord with me. Thanks for this homie! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

      Thanks so much man! I really really dig this band, and I’m so happy to hear that you love them too. They’re fantastic

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