The Open: Statues
TWO years on from their commercially indifferent debut The Silent Hours, Liverpool-based outfit The Open are back. But before you write them off as indie no-hopers, spare an ear for a moment. When Steven Bayley s cotton-enriched whine collides with a bit
TWO years on from their commercially indifferent debut The Silent Hours, Liverpool-based outfit The Open are back.
But before you write them off as indie no-hopers, spare an ear for a moment.
When Steven Bayley's cotton-enriched whine collides with a bit of a tune, things don't sound too bad.
You wouldn't be surprised to hear We Can Never Say Goodbye or Lovers In The Rain on a Doves b-side, for example.
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The latter is more interesting, incorporating some jazzy trumpet improv on the fade-out.
The stand-out is Forever, a delicate, dreamy seven-minute opus garnished with trumpet and piano, which goes nowhere but sounds inspired next to its largely forgettable companions. 2/5
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