The Picture Show

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Picture Show might be the aggregate of every sunny day England will ever see. Full of lazy quiet guitar lines that twitch via foot pedal into crackling distortion choruses, and led through sunlit fields by head 'Seed Kieran Scragg's weary soar, the album's mostly laconic lilt is as unassuming as its makers' out of the way Devon upbringing. Sure, Show sounds like Coldplay. But, like Chris Martin and 150 other scrawny English frontmen, Scragg has the innate ability to make lyrical couplets novelistic with just inflection and a few long notes. "Alice was a poser, the kind who'd take her clothes off/And sit in a room full of frozen faces," he drawls in "Sparkle Me" along with...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Picture Show might be the aggregate of every sunny day England will ever see. Full of lazy quiet guitar lines that twitch via foot pedal into crackling distortion choruses, and led through sunlit fields by head 'Seed Kieran Scragg's weary soar, the album's mostly laconic lilt is as unassuming as its makers' out of the way Devon upbringing. Sure, Show sounds like Coldplay. But, like Chris Martin and 150 other scrawny English frontmen, Scragg has the innate ability to make lyrical couplets novelistic with just inflection and a few long notes. "Alice was a poser, the kind who'd take her clothes off/And sit in a room full of frozen faces," he drawls in "Sparkle Me" along with "Casino," one of the two previous singles that appear here. Later, "Who Stole the Weekend" is made much more than simply being the next upbeat indie pop-flavored ditty by Scragg singing "A minute with you is better than a year with myself" over pretty layers of his own voice. "A Guide to Happiness" sketches out an urgent, slightly druggy Teenage Fanclub feel, while "Riot" poses meandering verses against a strident hook think Muse, maybe Travis. So there's no getting around Picture Show's rerunning of the occasional Brit rock cliché. Stuff like "Buy Her Flowers" and "Sunlight" -- yes, they named a song "Sunlight" -- flirts with getting all overdone under weepy strings and plaintive piano. However, those elements largely stay in the shade, since Buffseeds prefer to build feeling with dynamic electric guitar and Sragg's charming vocals. Some might say that's old fashioned, or even played out. But if it ain't broke, right? Besides, you were getting sick of Rush of Blood to the Head by now, anyway.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • UPC: 021823006925
  • Catalog Number: 30069

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sparkle Me (4:22)
  2. 2 Casino (2:35)
  3. 3 Sunlight (3:59)
  4. 4 A Guide to Happiness (2:45)
  5. 5 The Day She Fell to Earth (3:42)
  6. 6 Who Stole the Weekend (2:40)
  7. 7 Barricade (2:36)
  8. 8 Coward (2:48)
  9. 9 Riot (3:54)
  10. 10 Buy Her Flowers (4:36)
  11. 11 Ocean Blue (4:14)
  12. 12 Hideaway (3:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buffseeds Primary Artist
Bruce White Viola
Rosie Wetters Strings, Cello
Natalia Bonner Violin
The Wired Strings Strings, Track Performer
Helen Hawthorn Violin
Helen Hawthron Violin
Neil Reed Piano, Strings, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Kieran Scragg Guitar, Vocals
Joel Scragg Bass, Bass Guitar
Ella Lewis Percussion, Drums
Neil Reed Piano, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Ian Caple Producer, Audio Production
Rosie Wetters Arranger, String Arrangements
Buffseeds Composer
Neil Reed Arranger, String Arrangements
Kieran Scragg Composer
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