The Words – Truth & Faith

Out on November 14th 2011 through Phoenixx Records.

Reviewed by Francesca Baker.

Being from Manchester always helps a band, as though through pure osmosis they pick up musical tastes and prowess. The Words have got the talent for a winsome melody (A Thousand Times), talent for a heavy drum beat (Falling) and singalong choruses. Yet, despite really liking their debut album Truth & Faith, I am left with a feeling that something is missing.

There are a medley of band influences, but despite the number of nods to musical heritage (Opener Fog has elements of  Blur, stand out Everybody’s With You (out Monday) flirts with a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club style riff, and Demons has a hint of early Kings of Leon meets Wings going on) there is never the over riding conclusion that we have met the sound of The Words. It’s not that I don’t understand. No pretentious attempt has been made to obscure the meaning of their lyrics: on Demons the refrain ‘suicide’ makes it perfectly clear, or on a more cheery note the aptly titled Head Over Heels proclaims its love to the protagonist with ‘I like your eyes, I like your hair, yeah.’

Heart and soul has clearly been poured in bucket loads into this debut album (it took six years), but only 70% of the time does it translate to the start of a truly able and promising new band, rather than well trodden indie of which Frankie & The Heartstrings et al are already trying to molest.

Uplifting and upbeat with its schismatic blend of indie, ska, rock, and country, Truth & Faith is delivered with no hint of reticence, frenetic drumming and lyrics that sound as though they are being delivered with a smile throughout. Streamlining the album of the pleasantly palatable but largely pointless tracks such as Under The Sun and Time would result in a much more compelling and convincing debut.

The Words haven’t arrived but they’re certainly heading in the right direction.

Published by Francesca Baker

Passionate about music, the world, exploring, literature and smiling. Writing, marketing and events for all my favourite things.

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