Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Difford & Tilbrook - Difford & Tilbrook
Side one opens with “Action Speaks Faster”, the B-side to the second single. The song has a Chic-like disco rhythm behind it with slashing synthesizers thrown in for good measure. It is a solid track to start things off.
“Love’s Crashing Waves” was the first single, charting at number 57 in the UK. The lyrics swirl with the rumors and whispers of a relationship falling apart.
The third single was “Picking Up the Pieces”, an up-tempo attempt to sift through the aftermath of a break-up.
“On My Mind Tonight” opens with an interesting percussion riff that lays the foundation for the rest of this cool, mid-tempo ballad.
“Man For All Seasons” spins a role reversal with the woman being the family breadwinner and the man staying home to live a life of leisure. The melody has a slight off-ness to it that ends up working quite well.
Side two begins with “Hope Fell Down”, the second single from the album.
“Wagon Train” picks up the pace a bit, but it falls a little short of a real good dance number for me. The blending of the lead and backing vocals though work nicely on this one.
“You Can’t Hurt the Girl” tells of the involvement with a girl who is no stranger to a broken heart. The twist comes at the very end with an additional line to the earlier chorus.
“Tears For Attention” opens a bit like Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia” with its rhythm but then shifts to a cascading synth pop pacing.
The album closes with “The Apple Tree”. This slow paced tune sets a mood of loneliness and abandonment.
Even as a Squeeze fan, this was my first listen to Difford & Tilbrook. Seeing as it was aimed directly for a more commercial market, it really hit a sweet spot for me as a listener.