Rover - Let It Glow
Beating a heart
A second album is always a bit complicated. Especially when the first one got some success. Of course, this Let it glow could not be bad. Of course, all the recipes that worked on the first album can be found again (acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, flute sound, transition between deep voice, strong voice and head voice). Of course, sound is still perfectly polished, even more seventies, even more bowiesque. And of course, I remember its predecessor took me some time and a number of listenings to appreciate... but this one seems even less accessible.
However, as soon as the 8th second, the clear guitar entering with its impeccable sound makes you swoon. The orgasmic instant of the disc. You cannot be mistaken: "Some Needs" is a magical piece.
Then you’ll find a series of more or less strange pieces with untranslatable titles, from "Odessey" to "Trugar", except for more classic well-made ideal single "Call My Name". If the name of the 6th track, "HCYD" (for "How Can You Dance"), draws the attention, as well as its synth arpeggio intro, indeed it deals with a good slow dance stamped 70’s, endowed with a beautiful melody.
The eponymous "Let It Glow" is rather symptomatic of the album: continuity with the previous album, no surprise, but no enthusiasm, I’m progressing there half-attracted half-disappointed... except when it’s getting a bit worked up at the instrumental end, with the guitars, but is it enough? You must still notice the flow à la Prince on "Along", and the resurgence of energy on the finale of "In the End" with an air of ritual.
You’ll forget about the sleeve, one of the most hideous I could have seen, and you’ll listen to it all carefully, before waiting for the next one. A third album is always a bit complicated.
Beautiful atmospheres, but always confined to a piece between 3 minutes 30 and 5 minutes 30, for a total of 43 minutes. It would sometimes deserve a little more musical development, in the intros in particular. Is it reserved for live playing?
Call My Name
“The air is missing lungs to breathe” ("Along")