tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

22/03/2015 : THE LILAC TIME - No Sad Songs

THE LILAC TIME

No Sad Songs

MusicCD
Indie

[90/100]   

Tapete Records
22/03/2015, Paul PLEDGER

If you count the man's solo albums and Dr Calculus nom-de-plume, this is Stephen Duffy's 16th commercial album release since jumping Duran Duran's ship some thirty years ago.

A quick glance at his discography reveals a few telling facts - no hits (criminal, if you ask me), a stubborn refusal to cheapen his art with remix after remix and several years between albums in one or two cases. All of which adds up to a roller-coaster career for a songwriter who seems able to slip below the radar more often than not, purely by recording some wonderful songs during the past few decades. What has the man got to do to repeat the success of Kiss Me, Icing On The Cake?

No Sad Songs, their first since 2007's Runout Groove, certainly isn't the cheery ride the title might suggest, nor is it painfully introspective or cloyingly intimate. Very much a family affair (it's Duffys all the way), Tapete's latest British signings have made precisely the album you'd want - it's The Lilac Time, it's springtime on a disc, it's 'flower music' in every sense of the word. It's marvellous.

From the opening timpani, the sweeping strings and the repeating tremble-lip refrain of "Have I told you that I love you....today?", you're in safe hands. Pastoral, poetic and purposeful, No Sad Songs' chest of treasures swells with gleaming jewels. From that outstanding opener (and aren't ALL Lilac Time openers brilliant?), on past the jaunty whirl-y-gig of Babylon Revisited, the weepy title-track and single to the album's triumphant curtain-call A Cat On The Longwave, service has been resumed at the doff of a cap and in the twinkling of an eye. Even Lilac B-side and Bait fans are satiated with the mini-instrumental Rag, Tag and Bobtail.

The one noticeable change - No Sad Songs eschews the bitterness and dispenses with the downfalls of yore and replaces most of that with exultant positivity such as "You are not another girl/now I know I love you true" (The Wedding Song), "Hey let's start a family/take a small part of me" (She Writes a Symphony, which in places musically reprises 1988's American Eyes) and "If I can make it/you can make it too" (The Western Greyhound). He'll be bringing out a Christmas album next. Sure, there's light and dark here in equal measure - for every gleeful lyric there are melancholic minor chords to provoke emotion, the good songwriter's weapons of choice - but after repeated listens, I'm hooked.

Add in some swooning pedal steel and delightful harmonies and No Sad Songs fast becomes The Lilac Time's best album since the under-rated 1999 release Looking For a Day in the Night. Except here, he's no longer looking. He's found it, at long last.

This review also appeared on Flipside Reviews

Paul PLEDGER
22/03/2015


Music reviews

05
04
VARIOUS ARTISTS
Electropop 18 (Super Deluxe Edition)
23
03
300 000VK
Peter Paradox
10
03
PYRROLINE
Struggling
23
02
THE HEAT INC.
EP
23
02
PIG
Pain Is God
22
02
ANTHONY JONES
Farewell To Flesh

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

07
04
Skinny Puppy’s Cevin Key zoom chat's with à;GRUMH...
04
04
15 years ago, Nine Inch Nails released ‘Every Day Is Exactly the Same’.
03
04
On this day, 19 years ago, Frank Tovey / Fad Gadget died at the age of 45.
02
04
SYNAPTIC DEFECT sends teaser into the world
02
04
42 years of Replicas, unleashed by Gary Numan's Tubeway Army!
01
04
LMX releases CTRL+S

Concert reviews

24
09
RED ZEBRA
29 augustus 2020 - Zarlarswing

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

12
02
DIVE
We All Can Ask Us The Question ‘Where Do We Go From Here?'
10
02
RAYMOND WATTS (PIG)
'It’s not a re-discovery. It’s finding the way in to let the stuff out...'
02
02
JOHN 3:16
I regularly come across animal remains at various stages of decomposition. That started to affect me, and that's where the concept of the record was born.
07
01
MAMAN KUSTERS
‘Let’s Keep It Intriguing
16
12
THE BREATH OF LIFE
'No, I never considered quitting making music. Nor to taste good special beers.'

PHOTOS

25
09
PETER HEPPNER
Strandkorb Open Air Mönchengladbach
20
09
STAR-INDUSTRY
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DEER DEAR
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LARVA
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
LIZARD SMILE
Liège New Wave Festival
20
09
DELERITAS
Liège New Wave Festival
20
08
JUSTIN SULLIVAN & GASTONE
Kreisverwaltung Groß-Gerau

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

10
04
SVEN VATH VS. ANTHONY ROTHER
Komm
09
04
THIS CAN HURT
IF YOU GO
08
04
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
Lucretia, My Reflection
07
04
CLOCK DVA
Sound Mirror
06
04
ASH CODE
Nite Rite
05
04
GOETHES ERBEN
Lazarus
04
04
ADULT.
Nite Life