Tough Monkey Records (TMR)
Clive Farrington was one of the vocalists in British pop group When In Rome. Independence is his first solo album, it sees the singer teaming with composer/producer Jon Brooks to create an adult pop album that has its seeds in the When In Rome sound, the popera-meets-show tunes feel of some lite classical (closer, Slowdown) and hints of modern electro pop.
In fact I’d be tempted to tell you that at times (Breathing, Just Another Love Song) this has a feel of David Gray-meets-Pet Shop Boys. But the worry there is that this is taken as a negative – there’s something charming about the sound of some of these songs. I’ve found myself enjoying it a lot more than a first listen suggested.
And there’s something admirable too in wanting to address internet bullying (Invisible); in wanting to have something to say.
Something about it reminds me of the most recent Deacon Blue album; that idea of charm, of mature pop music.