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Single Review: The Hours – See The Light (Is Good)

By | Published on Monday 8 December 2008

The Hours

Their debut album could have established Anthony Genn and Martin Slattery as stars in their own right, after years as the nomads of British music, playing with everyone from Black Grape to Elastica, via Pulp and the legendary Joe Strummer (as part of The Mescaleros). It had the quality you’d expect from such esteemed professionals, but sadly it never quite took off in the way it perhaps deserved to. This, their second album, even more powerful and dynamic than the debut, is their chance to address that wrong. And hopefully the world will wake up and see the light, and hear just how good The Hours really are, because this is another brilliant trail through simple, smart songwriting. Produced by Flood, there’s a rawness here that re-enforces a passion that manifests itself through its themes of loving people, loving music, and, well, what else matters? In a music industry where artists are exerting every cubit of what imagination they have to think of new ways to sound, write, record and distribute, the power of a good song, sung with tenacity and viscera can be overlooked. But it shouldn’t be, and nor should The Hours, who have that kind of power by the bucket load. TM

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