STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 3256-3845 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £4.99
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
After three EPs that showed a band in their various stages of development, this bunch of Durham University graduates finished their studies last summer and stepped undaunted into pursuing full time music. Showcases, discussions with agents, finding gigs and fine tuning their plan for world domination, they managed to find time to record an album! Their previously recorded material never really captured the spark that made them such a great live band but 'BlueGreen' gives you a chance to hear what the fuss is all about! Here they play to their strengths, handing over all the lead vocals to Becky Harding who has a distinctive singing style in the same fashion that Cerys from Catatonia is memorable. The band work at two levels: there's the bright bouncy pop of "Far Away Today", "You Know Me" and "Until I Reach You" which all have a sense of longing for more of God and then there's the catchy "Joy" and the upbeat "Contagious" which both hit home with a breezy chorus. They've re-recorded their best song from previous releases, the supreme "Beautiful" which now sounds more like the band's live version of the song, "jumpin" explodes with a frenzied drive and is guaranteed to get the dance floor buzzing. The other side of the band explores more experimental, adventurous music. The epic song here is "Something In The Sound" with its huge vibe and lyrics that recognise that the band's songs are infused with something bigger than just music. "Special", complete with atmospheric strings, is a fitting closer for the album and is the band at its jangling best. Lyrically Coastal Dune have a knack for penning songs that deal with spiritual issues whilst avoiding all the usual cliches. This is ideal as they want to work both in the mainstream and Christian scenes. Overall I'm relieved that the band's debut finally begins to see them fulfilling their potential. They have the makings of being an excellent band and this is a significant step forward.
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