STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12101-24873 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP
Reviewed by Mike Rimmer
Formed in the summer of '97, Bournemouth-based band Race have release a confident six track debut EP which clocks in at 40 minutes so offers much value for money. Indie-pop in style, though they mix and match a number of influences, I was hooked straight away and spent a whole day listening on repeat play. The seven piece band are led by 19 year old Robin Coward who sings and writes all the songs. Generally free from cliche and managing to be both engaging and at times emotional, I found myself drawn to the opener "Would You Smile On Me?" which has a touch of a '60s vibe to it with plenty of organ! "I Need You" has jazzy tinges and a laid back feel which soars and swoops with Robin's voice at turns whispering and then letting loose. Oh, "Revealer Of Mysteries" is a brooding desperate prayer for more of God. My favourite is probably "This Love" which celebrates the relentless love of God and is built around an infectious bass line from the wonderfully named Tim Frisby! But when Robin sings "And it found me at the cross", it's a pure Delirious? moment!! Though I'd guess Robin will be flattered to hear me say so! In fact the final eight minute epic prophetic song "I Love You To Death" has an acoustic bal-lady Delirious? feel which I guess is simply a reflection of the D:Boys huge influence on the next generation of bands inspired by their heroes. Don't let the comparison detract from you enjoying Race. This is a fine band of musicians vulnerably making their first steps into the fringes of the limelight. What's missing here is a killer three minute pop tune with an unforgettable chorus just to attract attention. Instead this EP is a grower and not a grabber but reaps huge rewards after a couple of listens! From this accomplished debut, Race are definitely a band going places and I bet they're brilliant live. Buy this and book 'em now!
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