Sunday 17 June 2018
Phideaux - The Great Leap (2006)
The sixth album from this US band.
The band was a seven piece big band on this album with a lineup of violin, bass, percussion, drums, autoharp, keyboards, guitars, electric sitar and vocals.
The band also had help from guest musicians who provided woodwinds, flute, dulcimer, cello, fx and zurna.
I have reviewed Phideaux Xavier's first five albums and have found an interesting artist. He has always been a part of the Phideaux band name and that is a good thing.
Some of the albums is in the singer/songwriter tradition. The Great Leap is in this tradition too.
There is lots of vocals here. Phideaux Xavier's vocals. Then there are lots of guitars and keyboards too. The other instruments are used more sparse, with the obvious exception of the drums and bass.
The songs are also in the verse-chorus-verse tradition supplemented by some short instrumental parts.
The songs on this fifty-four minutes long album are rather good though. The lack of imagination and simply longer instrumental parts where the musicians and the song writing challenges the listener is a big problem with this album. The songs are too simple and too poppy. That is my gripe with this album.