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Et Tu Bruce - Suburban Sunshine [U.S. Edition] (2013)

Rock, Indie, Pop | Author: artmuss | 31-05-2014, 11:43
Et Tu Bruce - Suburban Sunshine [U.S. Edition] (2013)
Artist: Et Tu Bruce
Title Of Album: Suburban Sunshine
Year Of Release: 2013
Label: Et Tu Records
Genre: Pop Rock, Indie, Jangle Pop
Total Time: 43:03 min
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 333 mb

Suburban Sunshine is the debut album from London band Et Tu Brucé. The group consists of four guys from West London: Craig Bruce on drums, his brother Darryn Bruce on bass, Matthew O’Toole on guitar and vocals and Jamie White on guitar and vocals. Straight away it’s clear the album is an imaginative return to the great classic sounding pop of yesteryear fused with the better music of today. It’s not just The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, it is also Kings of Leon and Mumford & Sons. While today the latter two bands sit atop many people’s best of lists there is a feeling of soullessness about their records at times. Whilst that’s not a controversial statement, suggesting that Suburban Sunshine is a better debut record than either the Mop Tops or Stones managed on their first try might be. Don’t get confused by my declaration, it’s not perfect but it is pretty darn good.

The album begins in storming fashion with the magnificent ‘Dress Me up in Bruises’ which is a crisp raid on the senses, laden with hooks. The only surprise is that it wasn’t a single, as it is radio fodder of the highest order. ‘Memories Remain’ follows and is a pleasant journey through English pop. The harmonies beautifying what could have been a pedestrian number.

‘This City’ was one side of the debut single and is an exceptional pop song showcasing the band as a moving and grooving unit. ‘Never Seen You Cry’ is the other side of said single and follows seamlessly with a nicely performed harmonica break in the middle. ‘Miracle Crash’ is 60s pop with a mix of underused instruments and a compelling chorus backed with a block of harmonies. Next comes ‘Never Say Trevor Again’ which is a work of art, the only problem lying with which side of the apparent joke you are on. Perhaps that’s why it hasn’t been the hit it deserves to be. After that comes one of the only points on the album I continue to question. ‘Turning of the Screw’ is a nice enough song, it’s not the best on the album and not the worst, but the lifeless drone of the vocal is enough to turn anyone off. Fortunately it is followed by the wonderful second single ‘Stars Fall’ which successfully marries funk, rock and folk and which is in turn superseded by the highlight of the album ‘I Keep Forgetting’. It’s rock with a rolling dreamscape, tight and superb vocally. The song might not be the type of thing you hear on the radio very often, but you can definitely hear it coming out of every college kids room. The last track on the album is ‘It’s All Nothing’ and is the weakest song on display. It’s a little self indulgent and unnecessarily long, without ever really going anywhere. - Evor


1. Dress Me Up In Bruises 03:47
2. Memories Remain 02:28
3. This City 03:26
4. Never Seen You Cry 03:14
5. Miracle Crash 03:56
6. Never Say Trevor Again 02:45
7. The Turning Of The Screw 03:26
8. Stars Fall 04:26
9. Pearly 04:24
10.I Keep Forgetting 04:38
11. It's All Nothing 06:28


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