when the music begins on track one, there is a temptation to write it off as zombies wearing blue stripes and carrying surf boards.
yes, it does sound like mike love to the timbre and strains of god only knows ,etc... however, that would be totally unjust to a talented bunch as rod argent , colin blunstone & co.
granted the influence of the beach boys is there, but then again, it's easy to draw comparision to pink floyd, the beatles, dylan, moody blues blah blah blah... that's besides the point.
the dynamics of this album is commendable. if you are looking for homogeneity of so many crass pop albums today, ie: 1 hit and 10 cloned fillers;
you are not going to find it here.
instead you find imaginative harmonies, innovative interplay of musical instruments, some pop renditions, some rock, some classical. the lyricism of each tune is evident , and colin blunstone handles the role with a good ear... no off key neil young stuff here lol...
and orchestration is tasty. if a comparision has to be made; i would rather draw the analogy with something like the better albums of blood sweat and tears, todd rundgren,etc... ie: schizoid rock with more than the occasional classical tendencies. good arrangement, clean production, tight band with very little self-indulgence. the band plays like a good ensemble should, ie. this is a fine british band, mate!