Reviewed by Tony May
The band's sound came as quite a surprise having heard them in their previous role of an aggressive rock outfit. The heart of The Exit is the married duo of Joel and Beverly Wild, Joel being the son of Malcolm (Malcolm & Alwyn) who co-produced the album. Incidentally, Footstep have re-released M&A's timeless "Fools Wisdom" on CD. The current sound is an ethereal, floating pop, amalgamated with strands of whippy jazz, and softer-than-soft acoustic finesse. Creativity's the word, superfine craftsmanship utilising a whole range of skills and techniques. The original songs, mainly from Joel, are highly melodic and instantly memorable, dare I say showing the results of hearing Dad's music all these years, but building extra layers on it. Beverley's vocals have a very magnetic, captivating quality, strong on emotional interpretation. Classy line up of backing musicians and vocalists, including some from the Footstep Collection Vol 1 compilation. An album to take time over, to dream with, music to lead you to reflection and warmth. Richly artistic and rewarding.
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