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Richard Walters-The Animal(2009)  

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Richard Walters-The Animal(2009) - zisuyan - 紫苏

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专辑: The Animal
艺人:Richard Walters 
厂牌: Kartel
类型:Acoustic/Alternative/Indie folk
发行:2009-08-24

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Richard Walters (vocals, guitar, piano).

He's a 26-year-old musician from Oxford, currently living in Paris, who sings mostly in a restrained falsetto over a quiet backing of guitar, piano and subtly lush strings, but the effect of what little he does, of his less-is-more approach, is considerable. His debut album The Animal is full of lovely music that sets out to prove the old adage that the hardest thing in the world, especially in the rock milieu, is to be soft. There isn't a single song, out of the 10 on the album, that even remotely succumbs to the temptation to "rock out"; every track is as hushed and haunting as the last. By the end you feel like applauding his determination not to give in to the rock-out impulse and his ability to sustain a mood of near-silent terror, anxiety and dread.

Walters – who has been in bands with members of Supergrass and the Cranberries with names like Missing Pieces, Polysoul and Theremin – did have some help. David (Faultline, Bat for Lashes) Kosten was one of the producers responsible for the evocative yet sparse atmosphere, and Kanye West's cellist adds, well, cello. The sleeve featuring Walters wearing headphones and eating a plateful of cable and wire is perfectly inappropriate – it looks like the sleeve of an LP by some arch Euro electronica whiz, whereas it sounds like Thom Yorke singing the ballads of multimillion-selling early-70s US MOR soft-rock crew Bread. You can just about tell he's been listening to the elegiacal balladry of late-period Billy Mackenzie and Judee Sill. There are greater deceptions to come. The songs may seem gentle and tender but some of the subject matter would fit a death metal LP: We Have Your Head is about Walters's brief period taking hallucinogenics, Red Brick is about epileptic seizures he had while in the States caused by the demands of playing his music in front of teams of record company executives, while the title track concerns domestic abuse, written from the point of view of the abuser. One of the tracks, All At Sea, has featured on hit forensic crime drama CSI Miami, so they obviously heard beyond the surface sweetness. Another track, True Love Will Find You In The End, is a cover of the song by well-known bipolar musician Daniel Johnston, who hasn't appeared in this column since, ooh, yesterday. Walters recently moved to Paris to be with his new girlfriend, although The Animal, written before he met her and rediscovered love, is a suite of songs mostly about the lack of same.

Track Listing:

1. Brittle Bones
2. Weather song
3. All at sea
4. Crawl up to my room
5. We have your head
6. The Animal
7. Red brick
8. True love will find you in the end
9. American stitches
10. Spirit of the stairway 

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