December - Sour

Monday 1st February 1993
December - Sour

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette EP

Reviewed by Peter Bate

If you want a break from Amy Grant, Michael W Smith and the like and you're after something emotive, atmospheric and different then you need look no further than this four track debut EP from Motherwell band December. The group's own brand of gentle indie rock music encompasses a range of styles to suit all interests whilst retaining a distinctly Scottish sound. This sound is characterised mainly by the evocative vocal cords of Aileen (no second name supplied) who at times sounds very similar to the lead singer of Scottish band Texas. Aileen is at her best and most moody on "My Righteousness", a haunting declaration of submission to God. My personal favourite is "Honey And I", a playful track boosted by driving torn torn beats and crisp harmonica sounds whilst "December", with its bright sax and jangling guitar, and the title track, are not far behind. The only pitfall of this album is the sub-standard sound quality. However, once your ears have adjusted to this you'll enjoy a band who certainly seem exciting prospects for the future.

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