Tom McRae [Bonus Tracks]

Tom McRae [Bonus Tracks]

by Tom McRae
     
 

Coming across like a folk-rock blend of Placebo's gothic textures and David Gray's tender introspection, Tom McRae crafts markedly moody music on his self-titled debut album. Though the album sees McRae making stabs at a number of musical genres, from somber lounge balladry, to country-pop, to pastoral folk, McRae frequently stumbles, as if he isn't comfortable…  See more details below

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Coming across like a folk-rock blend of Placebo's gothic textures and David Gray's tender introspection, Tom McRae crafts markedly moody music on his self-titled debut album. Though the album sees McRae making stabs at a number of musical genres, from somber lounge balladry, to country-pop, to pastoral folk, McRae frequently stumbles, as if he isn't comfortable shifting to a higher gear. Indeed, the most successful songs here are those where McRae explores the more optimistic corners of the human soul and leaves behind morbid desolation. It truly is remarkable how much McRae's nasal delivery and vocal inflections recall Placebo's Brian Moloko on "Bloodless," "The Boy With the Bubblegun," and a number of other songs. McRae sings of a "cocaine body" and a "Berlin brain" in "A & B Song," and sings awkwardly that he's "the boy with the bubblegun" in the song of the same name. But that's not to say that anyone will confuse McRae with Placebo, as there's not a glam overture to be found. Instead, McRae moves haphazardly from influence to influence, whether it's Tim Buckley, Badly Drawn Boy, or Spiritualized. "2nd Law," "Draw Down the Stars," and "Language of Fools" suggest that McRae is at his best when he's operating as a wounded balladeer. McRae is never less than fully earnest on these 13 songs, and that's partially what's wrong with the album. Had he chosen a more subtle path more frequently and resisted the temptation to reach for somewhat overbearing emotional peaks and valleys, his touching voice and fine songwriting would have been more clearly featured. As it stands, Tom McRae is a very good debut with patches of brilliant beauty.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2001
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0078221470926
catalogNumber:
14709
Rank:
166451

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