Published on April 25th, 2009 | by Anto3
The Hours – See The Light
“Have a listen to this one” he said. “I haven’t heard a debut like it in years”. “Ok” I said as I left the pub. Noel, one of the regulars had become a go-to guy for decent music and I was prepared to trust him on this. The album I had in my hand that day was ‘Narcissus Road’, The Hours debut album released in 2007. The album, while received well critically, didn’t really break the band. Formed in 2004 by Antony Genn and Martin Slattery the group have grown to 7 for the current album. Antony Genn had previously played with the bands Elastica and Pulp.
See the Light, the band’s second album, has been in the works for the past year. Producer on the album is Flood, the pseudonym of Mark Ellis, who has worked a lot of alternative bands including Sigur Rós, Depeche Mode and The Killers. So getting down to it, does it suffer from second album syndrome? The answer is no. The Hours have produced an album to stand up to their excellent debut. I’m really bad at picking out the theme behind each and every song so I will say that the album as a whole examines relationships. Whether it’s someone who thinks that their weakness is a strength (‘Big Black Hole‘) or peoples need to come together when the going gets tough (‘Come On‘). It’s hard not to think that ‘The Girl Who Had The World At Her Feet‘ was written about Britney or her ilk, “It’s fascinating for the people, watching the demise of the girl who had the world at her feet”. A special word of note for the piano playing across the album, it’s excellent.
I bought the album last Monday and I’ve barely been able to stop listening to it since. They’re as good live as they are on the album and I’m really looking forward to seeing them at Oxegen. If you like what you hear below, I’d definitely consider buying ‘See The Light’ which is available in all good record stores and via iTunes.