Left Side of the Brain

Left Side of the Brain

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by Fiction Plane
     
 
Four years and one failed major-label deal after their debut, Fiction Plane finally return with their second album. While Everything Will Never Be OK was something of a stiff upon its release, the subsequent success of mope-rockers like Snow Patrol and the return of singer/songwriter Joe Sumner's

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Four years and one failed major-label deal after their debut, Fiction Plane finally return with their second album. While Everything Will Never Be OK was something of a stiff upon its release, the subsequent success of mope-rockers like Snow Patrol and the return of singer/songwriter Joe Sumner's obvious heroes Smashing Pumpkins to active duty means that Left Side of the Brain is being released into a much more amenable musical moment. (And if nothing else, opening for the giant reunion tour of Dad's band the Police in the summer of 2007 can't hurt.) The only question is whether Sumner is ready for the spotlight, and the answer is: maybe, but it would be nice if he found a good lyricist first. Songs like the bouncy first single "Two Sisters" (not the Kinks favorite) and the epic, U2-influenced "Anyone" are potential radio hits and Paul Corkett's glossy but small scale production is a better fit than the anonymous big rock sound David Kahne brought to the debut. But on seemingly every song, Sumner lets loose with a clunker of a lyric that's especially noticeable given how high and centered his voice is in the mix. (And the answer is yeah, he kinda does sound like his Dad.) The worst by a landslide is the no doubt earnest but somewhat insufficient chorus to the protest song "Death Machine": "F*** you and your death machine/I ain't gonna fight no more." All righty then. Clearly, the ability to ignore the lyrics in favor of the songs' anodyne tunefulness is a big help. Fiction Plane will never come close to being the Police, U2 or even Smashing Pumpkins, but there is every possibility that they could possibly become the next Travis.

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Release Date:
05/22/2007
Label:
Bieler Bros Records
UPC:
0874007001625
catalogNumber:
70016
Rank:
104367

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Left Side of the Brain 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My wife picked this up on a whim because she heard they were the opening act for The Police this summer and wanted to know more about them before going to see them in concert. We had never heard of them before and had no idea that Joe Sumner was Sting's son until we heard him sing. I'm so glad she picked it up! Not only do they sound great, but their writing is so brutally honest! Yes there are similarities between Fiction Plane and The Police, but you can't blame Joe for sounding like Sting anymore than you can blame Julian or Sean Lennon for sounding like John Lennon, which is so unfair that a lot of people do exactly that. The songs are great! Starting with the title track "Anyone" all the way through to "Fake Light From the Sun" are all worthy of repeated listening, but some standouts for me were "Anyone"-a great song about our increasing isolation as a society as well as a race. "Death Machine" would have been better without the profanity, but is still a good tune. "Lie" is one of the most honest songs I have ever heard with the exception of "Drink", which served to show me a different side of addiction. All in all this would be a great addition to anyone's library and deserves your undivided attention. My only regret is not seeing them live, which is a truly sad story. We got stuck in two hours of traffic trying to get into the arena. We missed Fiction Plane and the first three songs The Police had performed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Fiction Place open for the Police at le Stade de France, and then saw them again in a small Paris club (le Nouveau Casino). These guys absolutely rock. The band has an exceptional and powerful talent that should not be missed. Their music is intelligent, sometimes ironic, and filled with a raw passion that I have not heard in a new band this decade. Buy the CD, and see them live if you get the chance.