From Here On In Review

artist: South date: 04/24/2007 category: compact discs
South: From Here On In
Release Date: May 8, 2001
Label: Mo' Wax
Genres: Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 16
South nearly create a special debut, but with 16 similar-sounding songs, the band would have done well to edit themselves into a more palatable, varied beast.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 5
 Overall Impression: 5
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overall: 6
From Here On In Reviewed by: KING_KULA, on april 24, 2007
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Sound: If From Here On In tells a listener just one thing about South, it's that the band have a broad collection of Madchester albums. Sounding at times like the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, or the Cure, From Here on In often meanders around, getting by on it's influences, rather than seeking the necessary hooks and melodies. It's hard to say if it's James Lavelle's fault or not, but the MoWax and Unkle honcho clearly played a huge role on the album, as both a producer and a soundsmith. Keyboards and synthetic strings creep into many a tune; one wonders where Lavelle's contributions start and end. More than a few songs fall apart under such a heavy, dreary mood, because half the time South seem to want to be a folk-rock band and create what appear to be B-sides to songs from Badly Drawn Boy's The Hour of Bewilderbeast. The band and the producer seem to have different goals. // 8

Lyrics: It doesn't help that there are a number of reprises and that the grating Broken Head instrumental shows up three times. The album's standout track is "Paint The Silence"; it sounds as if it's been excavated from The Stone Roses, and it contains an excellent Ian Brown impersonation. "Here On In," "Run On Time," and "All In For Nothing" suggest the band would do better as a straightforward rock band, without the gloomy electronica trappings. // 5

Overall Impression: It is a lengthy album, at over 90 minutes and with 16 tracks, but there are two versions of All In For Nothing and three Broken Heads, suggesting a somewhat immature lack of decisiveness on the part of the band about which versions were the best. But this can be forgiven, the band are all the grand old age of 22. The paranoid instrumental wig-out that completes Sight Of Me sounds like it comes from the depths of a far more mature band. This track, and several others, build and build until you really can't prevent your feet from tapping. Produced by Mo'Wax boss James Lavelle, From Here On In is the kind of album that sounds great on first listen, but then just gets better and better. It is still on my CD player and shows no signs of wearing out. // 5

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