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The Dowling Poole – Bleak Strategies (2014)

27-07-2014, 13:28
Music | Pop | Rock | Alternative | Indie | FLAC / APE

The Dowling Poole – Bleak Strategies (2014)

Artist: The Dowling Poole
Title Of Album: Bleak Strategies
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: 369 Records
Genre: Indie Pop, Power Pop, Pop Rock
Quality: Mp3 | Flac
Bitrate: 320 kbps | Lossless
Total Time: 42:20 Min
Total Size: 106 Mb | 310 Mb


01. The Sun Is Mine
02. A Kiss On The Ocean
03. Hey Stranger
04. Saving It All For A Saturday
05. Paper, Scissors, Stone
06. Empires, Buildings and Acquisitions
07. Where The Memories Fester
08. Twilight Subplot
09. Getting A Licence
10. Clean
11. The Straw Man

Not a Drowning Pool tribute band but the latest poprocktastic creation from Willie Dowling (Honeycrack/Jackdaw4) and his co-collaborator Jon Poole (ex-Cardiacs). They have funded this via Pledge Music and they sing and play all the instruments, with Givvi Flynn adding backing vocals and taking lead vocals on ‘Clean’.

From the opener ‘The Sun Is Mine’ that recalls the great XTC, you just know this is going to be a fine album. ‘A Kiss On The Ocean’ is how you write a perfect pop rock song folks. From the blissful chorus (shades of Madness at times and ELO on the ‘ooh la la’ backing vocals) through to the splendid verses, it takes the listener on a harmonious pop journey. ‘Saving It All For A Saturday’ has the Kinks knack for wrapping a mundane slice of life into a memorable tune.

There is so much to enjoy on here, with plenty going on in the musical background – it’s amazing what a layered sound these two musicians can create. There are Beach Boy approved harmonies (‘Paper, Scissors, Stone’), hints of their previous bands (Jackdaw4 on ‘Twilight Subplot’) and most importantly they carry on the tradition of English musical whimsy. If you like XTC, The Kinks, The Beatles, 10cc – you will love this album trust me.

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Ziggy.   User offline   28 July 2014 06:55

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