SEVEN FEET FOUR
Length: 27:10 (min:secs)
Swedish four-piece band Seven Feet
Four have been about for two or three years and initially
concentrated on a hardcore sound, but with a change of personnel and the
release of this debut album, their sound has changed significantly for the
Playing rock in an angst laden, indie style with a touch of new wave and layers of melody, they have accomplished an individual and characteristic sound which is raw yet still very pleasing. They exploit the use of melody that’s tempered with just a hint of aggression, exercising intelligent use of guitar interplay and really know how to work a tune to get the most out of it.
The album displays an affinity with exacting guitar melodies and an excellent example can be enjoyed with the instrumental track “Omerta” and to complement “I Will Die Alone” builds for a minute or two before going for an almost U2 shrill guitar driven sound. “Dying City, Living People” and “The Observer” are further quality songs and are more representative of their sound which often has a very Manic Street Preachers feel to it. This includes the vocals that have that same dry, slightly husky and strained quality to James Dean Bradfield.
Although the album is not instantly catchy, the quality is immediately recognisable, and after several listens the songs do grow on you and impart their own imprint which in one or two instances are extremely hard to shake off. Seven Feet Four are a surprise package that should not be ignored and "Departure / Arrival" is an album that certainly does them proud.
- Rigsby (16th