It’s been a long week. Or it’s been a short weekend. Either way, the fatigue induced by the daily grind has caught up with me and I need some inspiration. Or spiritual guidance. Or beer. That takes me nicely, via the bottle opener, to Fyre & Reign’s album “Curiosity”.
When I say album, I don’t really mean album for these songs have a split personality to such an extent that I was drawn to wonder if the two halves were held together by epoxy or happenstance. “Bad Girl” and “Lipstick”, for instance, have so much earnest post-feminist torment that even the least cynical amongst you might wonder if all concerned are in awe of Melissa Etheridge and the inherent sweetness of Hannah Butterfield’s vocal’s cannot sugar coat the sentiments. “Palm of Creation” and “Get Out Of The City”, on the other hand, are fine examples of energetic, and commercial, Americana with a tip of the hat to Michael Nesmith. All of these songs actually work well but they, nonetheless, still sit somewhat awkwardly together.
So there you have it. “Curiosity” is the kind of album that sound like it should be two albums. Maybe it’s time for some more beer?