Peace Of Mind
First point: this is not as horrific as I expected.
Second point: this does play out kinda how I expected – in that it feels like Anika does the heavy lifting (songwriting-wise), Boh is bland/safe/boring and Hollie warbles and wails – but it’s more subdued than usual. A couple of times it comes close to not being awful. So major improvement. But Christ she oversings!
Third point: Acoustic Shows (which weren’t really acoustic at all and the promoted then panicked and rebranded the tour halfway through) then the winery tour with Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Adults; what’s next – a set of shows with the Symphony Orchestra? Careful what you don’t wish for. This album is irrelevant on its own merit, what it is instead is an instant piece of tour merch.
Fourth point: this is still not as horrific as I thought it might be.
Fifth point: the playing is basic.
Sixth point: there aren’t any dynamics (see fifth point, above).
Seventh point: the album concludes with three live tracks (see third point). These are Part of Me by Boh, Mother by Anika and Bathe In The River by Hollie (care of The Don). All three are better than anything on the album; Part of Me is actually great even though I loathed Stellar* and had no time for the original version of the song. Boh is a good (enough) singer. She’s just boring. Part of Me is somehow transformed here. And yes, part of me died inside a little admitting that.
Ninth point: Sony will take out a major ad campaign raving about this and then the three will be teamed up with Fly My Pretties for another summer tour.
Tenth point: everything about this album is horrible (title, band/brand-name, concept, artwork, existence) – except for the music. It’s okay. But it didn’t need to happen.