Tall Blonde Helicopter review by Francis Dunnery

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  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (2 votes)
Francis Dunnery: Tall Blonde Helicopter

Sound — 9
Former It Bites' member Francis Dunnery released his strongest set of songs in 1995. The blend of beautiful acoustic ballads such as 'Sushine' and uptempo rockers such as 'The Johnny Podell Song' is something to behold and although not as commercially successful as its predecessor (1994's Fearless) it surely has the creative edge. As a set of songs, this is one of the finest albums ever made and yet Dunnery still remains criminally underrated.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics are one of the best parts of the album. Dunnery's lyrics are notoriously personal and sincere and Dunnery's vocal style with his strong Cumbrian accent suits the songs perfectly. On first listen, Dunnery's lyrics cannot be fully appreciated but after a few listens the overall sense of sincerity in the lyrics reveals its self and enriches the album.

Overall Impression — 10
This album is one of the finest albums ever written and contains no real weak tracks although 'Little Snake' is a throwaway track. It still sounds fresh today in 2006 and although the lyrics can be personal at times, they are easy to relate to in time and you really feel as if you get to know Dunnery as the album progresses. A fine record.

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