Robert McCreedy “It Might Kill You” (Eclectone 2005)
Here’s a good strategy for dealing with undeserved good fortune: keep quiet about it. Much of the time McCreedy sounds like an ugly man who has the good fortune to be dating a beautiful woman, only he has to keep telling her he’s not good enough for her - this becomes self-fulfilling and she leaves. He retires to the studio to make music that aches with longing and which is lovingly constructed in order to remind him to keep quiet in the future. McCreedy isn’t ugly but his music can be too fussily perfect at times. There is nothing out of place, nothing to betray that lack of confidence, the best is made of everything. ‘Storm’ is so heavy in atmosphere you’ll think that a twister will erupt from your speakers; each track is suffused with the stifling search for just the right tone that the feeling seems to have almost leeched away. At times it fits exactly the right mood and you think it is brilliant and at others it lags and grates… Who knows what I’ll think next week - depends if she leaves me or not.
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