Off The Record – ALBUM REQUESTS – Tall Blonde Helicopter, Francis Dunnery

Have you ever wanted To listen to a new band or musician and not sure where to start? Well, instead of listening to their commercial music, why not start with something off the album first!  We thought we would give you the public the option to choose which albums we reviewed for birthday week!! So today’s request comes from @IanTBell on Twitter! He chose the nineties album Tall Blonde Helicopter by Francis Dunnery so here we go!

48 hours

This album is one that sees Francis strip down his music style and the aim of the album was to focus more on an acoustic folk guitar style. This is the opening track of the album and it is a strong start. The song is musically very good, it has the perfect mix of guitar and drum with fantastic solos from each. The lyrics are lyrically creative and allow you to delve into this new world that he has created narratively. My favourite part of this song is the drum beats near the end of the song which heightens the emphasis on the lyrics.

Too Much Saturn

This song starts with spoken word which sets a nice pace to the track and feels in a sense more personal to the listener. You can really feel the acoustic style coming out in this song and it is wonderful as it is a slower track but the melodic sound really makes you listen closely to the lyrics. The lyrics sort of follow a narrative that sound personal to Francis and the drums leading into the chorus are a wonderful taste of fresh air. A great track and complimented with a wonderful guitar solo.

I don’t Want to Be An Alternative

This song is a very acoustic based song and it is sort of different to other ones because the style of guitar feels quite fresh and melodic. As I was writing this the the end of the first chorus happened and scared the hell out of me as a whole load of choir ladies started singing hallelujah out of nowhere it feels quote random but it is the end of the song

Only New York Going On

This song is a lot slower then other tracks on the album but that is a nice change of pace to the album. The melody of this song is really pretty the suttle guitar melody intertwines through an acoustic rhythm. The lyrics are quite dark but it also sort of connotes the feelings you have when you are awake in the middle of the night. That’s why the lazy acoustic sound fits perfectly with this song.

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