STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 14912-CAS2207 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: Cassette Album
Reviewed by Trevor Kirk
When I played the tape I had to take the bass down and reduce the hiss on the (ferric) tape to listen comfortably. Clouded Vision are a guitar-driven quartet who on first hearing sound like PFR meets Jars Of Clay with U2 and Britpop undertones. Peter Laws (lead singer and rhythm guitar) wrote nine of the 10 songs and Damian Hursey. who plays lead guitar, wrote the 10th. The aforementioned tape hiss detracts from the overall effect, giving a rather muddy sound to the bass and drums on some tracks. The songs are a mixed bunch: "City Gone Mad" is a good one, with thoughtful lyrics and a distinctly Oasis style, but the lead guitar solo is a tad overpowering (or am 1 gelling old?!). "Painting By Numbers" is Peter and his acoustic doing an unplugged cameo all on his own (nice one); whilst "Everyone Has Nightmares" starts off gently acoustic/rootsy until the bass and lead guitars get cranked up halfway through and suddenly pomp-rock takes over. In fact, this tape is the band's swan song; they are set to split up soon, with Peter planning to join TVB for a year. His singing and songwriting talents should benefit and I for one will look out for future work from him. As for this tape, "fair to middlin" would be the kindest verdict.
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