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Cranes - Future Songs (2001) Retail CD
Alternative Pop/ Rock
Future Songs is the seventh album from Portsmouth's Cranes--probably one of the most misinterpreted bands on the planet. The Cranes have often been portrayed as industrial noise merchants, more often as simple Goths and one description had singer Alison Shaw as "a baby trapped in a tool-box". This was intended as a blithe put-down yet, taken from a different perspective, it was strangely accurate. Deliberately juxtaposing Shaw's voice--plaintive, unearthly and delivering painfully open songs of love and loss--with her brother Jim's often punishing soundscapes, Cranes were always primarily concernedmore… with the way innocents are bruised and broken by life's hard, cold machinery. With Future Songs, they continue along the same path, Alison still clinging to childlike hopes of happiness, despite her relationships collapsing around her, and again producing a heart-wrenching set of melodies. Jim Shaw, meanwhile, no longer intent upon bludgeoning his audience into submission (he actually gave that up with 1994's Loved), creates an ingenious and deeply moving backdrop, ranging from the dubby ambience of "Don't Wake Me Up" to the delicate acoustic guitar of "Even When". The subdued but nonetheless spectacular "Flute Song" is another excellent example of his art. Synthesised, spacey and absolutely beautiful, it's a kind of classical ambient that makes The Orb sound like soulless amateurs. Future Songs is another superb collection from a laudably diligent, gloriously idiosyncratic and tremendously gifted band. --Dominic Wills
|5||Don't wake me up|
|6||Driving in the sun|
|10||Everything for the maker of heavenly trousers|
- Cranes - Future Songs (2001) Retail CD
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