What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this exceptionally well-played album is a bit one-dimensional and sleepy, but family-safe.
What's the story?
Aqualung, aka Matt Hales, delivers a dozen one-dimensional love songs with lush, sleepy arrangements on STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL. This British pop veteran sometimes evokes Radiohead, Brian Wilson, Coldplay, even the Beatles. But he's softer and sweeter, with an almost new-agey feel to many of the instrumental tracks, adding emphasis to honey-smooth vocals. You won't find any dance tunes or much variation on the lovesick-lyric theme. But Hales' graceful persona and musicianship save the day. The music is more sophisticated than the lyrics. While there's nothing to worry about in terms of content, it's doubtful that younger children will relate much to this artist.
Is it any good?
Somehow, in spite of all the low-key and sometimes gooey sentiment, the album ends up sounding more interesting than it probably should. Not for hard-core rockers, Strange and Beautiful is perfect for those who like their heartbreak songs on the ethereal side.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the difference between albums that present one person's artistic vision as opposed to the team spirit of being in a band.