Ian Peacock - Life & After

Published Tuesday 20th October 2009
Ian Peacock - Life & After
Ian Peacock - Life & After

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82665-15723
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Anthony Longville

The Salford-based Yorkshireman here presents his first full length release following on from an earlier six-track offering 'This Soul Will Rise'. This time it's a 13-strong set, of which all but the closing track are written by Peacock himself. The album gets off to an interesting start with "Afterlife", a musically introspective number which never fully rocks out but draws the listener in with a hushed almost ambient soundscape and anthemic chorus - very effective. As the album proceeds the guitars come more to the fore, with a more Brit-pop sound. "Suburban Fairytales" marks a change of tack with keyboard and organ, the lyrics challenging the material dreams of the 21st century. Peacock certainly feels he has a message to bring, challenging the listener on "Landslide" about their indifference to injustice and suffering in the world. On the whole though there's not really enough of a spark or sufficient vocal variety to sustain an interest throughout the whole disc. There is a candidate for most unpleasant sounding CCM lyric of the year though in "multi-coloured cesspit of culture we swallow" - ugh! Overall a release that puts down a foundation that hopefully the artist can build upon.

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