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Neil Sutherland & Friends

Build Our Own

March 26th, 2009 · post by tommy · Make a comment

A few summers ago, when i was a mohawk-clad teenager who listened to little music that wasn’t Leftover Crack, i received a friend request on myspace from an acoustic folk musician who performed under the moniker ‘Phantom Lights’. I was immediately engrossed by the honesty in his voice and the pop influenced melodies. Before too long, he dropped the name and began performing under his own name..Neil Sutherland. I, therefore, hold Mr.Sutherland somewhat accountable for every aching back i’ve enduring from sleeping on floors after house shows, every bruise i have received from makeshift slides and every show i have ruined by loudly singing along out of tune. I received this CD with great anticipation, knowing that i no real idea of what to expect from it, being first full-band ‘Neil Suthland & friends’ release.

After the electronically tinged ‘Intro’, the album kicks off properly with the fantastic ‘Letters Home’, which is a wonderful concoction of raw guitars, hand claps, emotional lyrics and passionate delivery. I really wish it was longer than one minute 21 seconds. Neil’s trademark positivity is emininent here, making this more than an album, but a heartwarming journey through the mind of an extremely talented musician, with his band providing an exquisite soundtrack.

This album is packed with fantastic songs, if i had to choose, which i don’t, but will anyway, my favourite songs are ‘It’s never too late to say stop’ and ‘Sunsets’, with the former and epic song and probably the catchiest on the album, the latter a beautiful ode to young love.

It has been said before that i am a sucker for nice packaging, and, like everyone at Last Hours, i love anything hand made, and these CDs tick both those boxes. The packaging looks lovely, the songs are superb and Neil Sutherland is one of the nicest men on the planet. Buy this.

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