Bell Jar - Flying Low

Friday 1st December 2000
Bell Jar - Flying Low
Bell Jar - Flying Low

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul Wright

'Flying Low', a four track EP, is a taster for Bell Jar's second, slightly more finished, album. (The first was made in just three months despite it's apparent maturity). The opening track "Cage The Bird Up" simply describes the liberty in God's grace, but the music speaks the truth better than the words. I can only describe the midway build up from Rhodes as "generous", like a shiny sovereign making this scruffy urchin smile. "One Needle" unmasks the illusion of safety in this life where you can buy insurance for everything ("Got my life double-glazed"). Along with "The Longer The Better" these songs reinforce the "small is beautiful" theme, reminiscent of GK Chesterton. With the addition of brass instruments and swirly synth noises, these tracks have more colour than the debut album, but the same mellow pacing and loving accuracy.

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