9 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Oxford, England's Stornoway is yet another fine literate band that plays in the neo-traditionalist pattern roughly set forth by Mumford & Sons. Yet while Stornoway handles the heavy stuff with appropriate respect, the band is at its best when it lets its fun side loose. The carnival-esque arrangement of "Hook, Line and Sinker" swooshes into space with a jocular rhythm worthy of Belle & Sebastian at their most winsome. "The Bigger Picture" similarly adopts a carefree gait, but with an arrangement that keeps its feet on the ground. There's no stopping the effortless optimism of singer Brian Briggs; he gives us full details of his wedding for the opening track, the five-minute love song "You Take Me As I Am." The smart stereo mix accentuates the magic of "Knock Me on the Head," with the guitars shifting left to right as the vocal harmonies shoot down the middle. It's especially impressive considering the sessions took place in the garage of the parents of bassist Oli and drummer Rob Steadman. Yet there's nothing lo-fi about this fine effort.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Oxford, England's Stornoway is yet another fine literate band that plays in the neo-traditionalist pattern roughly set forth by Mumford & Sons. Yet while Stornoway handles the heavy stuff with appropriate respect, the band is at its best when it lets its fun side loose. The carnival-esque arrangement of "Hook, Line and Sinker" swooshes into space with a jocular rhythm worthy of Belle & Sebastian at their most winsome. "The Bigger Picture" similarly adopts a carefree gait, but with an arrangement that keeps its feet on the ground. There's no stopping the effortless optimism of singer Brian Briggs; he gives us full details of his wedding for the opening track, the five-minute love song "You Take Me As I Am." The smart stereo mix accentuates the magic of "Knock Me on the Head," with the guitars shifting left to right as the vocal harmonies shoot down the middle. It's especially impressive considering the sessions took place in the garage of the parents of bassist Oli and drummer Rob Steadman. Yet there's nothing lo-fi about this fine effort.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Dug the Slug ,

Nice but a bit listless

I like their sound, respect their maturity and uniqueness. But many of these songs are vague and sound a bit flat. First record had more life and more energy and better songs, tho after listening to this one I questioned how much I really like the first beyond the handful or great tunes. Anyway, will continue to listen to these guys becuz I think they have talent and are serious about their art.

anna col ,

Stornoway is just amazing

I honestly think they're one of the best bands I listen to. Their lyrics are quite good and they're more unique than most bands nowadays. They aren't trying to copy anybody else. All in all, I love pretty much all their stuff.

LDansonG443 ,

Stornoway Proves their Worth

Such a wonderful album. The lyrics are as beautiful as Beachcombers, some of them a little sweeter. And the songs are so soft and tranquil on the ear! I love this album. Another matserpiece.

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