Shapes and Sizes – Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner

Sure there are key changes and time changes galore (Geese really disappeared up its own rectum by the end) but there seems to be a reflective edge to their music now that was missing on debut LP Shapes and Sizes.

 

 

Shapes and Sizes – Split Lips, Winning Hips, A Shiner

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Now I admit I was a little wary of Shapes and Sizes' new one. Would it be as wilfull and cussed as their debut?

 

I have to say I really, really like this release, it's got a lot of charm, and doesn't try too hard, which is a relief. And the opening track, Alone, Alive is a cracker all jangly guitars and urgent beats. You know, there's absolutely nothing wrong with pop music, even if it is a bit leftfield. Sure there are key changes and time changes galore (Geese really disappeared up its own rectum by the end) but there seems to be a reflective edge to their music now that was missing on debut LP Shapes and Sizes. The Taste in My Mouth is a lovely drawn out lament with a righteous brass accompaniment.

 

As usual there are some cracking titles, The Horse's Horsey Mouth is a classic, and Highlife I Had Been Duped is another. On an aside, I really hope they're not dissing Guy Warren here... Still it's a great track, all sharp angles and shuffling beats that collapses quite spectacularly by the end.

 

Yep, it's enjoyable and more relaxed, somehow this band are hitting their stride. Check out A Long Indifference for a bravura display of quirky pop.  More power to their elbow, say I.

 

Words: Richard Foster.