Lonesome Party Heroes – Point To Prove

Posted: May 29, 2012 in Album reviews, Introducing
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Dubbed “Next Big Thing” by Leicester Sound, an accolade shared with acts like Joel Owen & The Antoine Band, The Lonesome Party Heroes have a lot to live up to.

Made up of founders Glenn Mansell [vocals] & Ian Hollis [bass], alongside David Williams [lead], Phil Windess [keys] and Tom Croft [drums], the promising Leicester quintet are NOT to be confused with Texan folk duo Lonesome Heroes.

Fortunately, their 2nd full-length instalment Point to Prove is simply rather damned good. Minimalistic yet effective album artwork provides, in a nutshell, a sweet analogy to the contents.

Point To Prove – Lonesome Party Heroes. Point well made.

Butterfly sticks like glue to your mental playlist [warm this chilly season, enlight the darkest nights/oh your love surrounds me, come and scream it out]. Always also portrays the panoramic Feeder feel, laced with more spellbinding lyrics.

Emotive words and melancholic chimes are littered throughout In My Dream Tonight, which warms your heart like Gaviscon. “I surrender” expresses Mansell whose metaphorical white flag is waved aloft, more convincingly than Dido’s ever was.

Espionage is the theme of Turn on the Light – a stirring number that borrows from and revs up the throbbing Mission Impossible soundtrack riff. Mansell impersonates Ethan Hunt equally well, [hold out your hands and forget all your plans for redemption kick off your shoes you’ve got nothing to lose but the future, hold your nerve unsteady compromise, turn to the light until to you realise, that when one flies alone you might as well fall].

Throughout, Mansell is a fusion of Simon Neil and Gary Lightbody’s reassuring smoothness minus the Irish lilt.

Short. Sweet. Serenade. Fifty-second snippet Shoes is a triple S for description. [I wore your shoes, they were a size too big and far too heavy, they made me sore, but they made me fly]. Lost and Lonely is another cracker laced with resounding lo-fi experimentation and synth swerve.

Encouraging progress from The Lonesome Party Heroes. Point to Prove? Point well made.

Buy Point to Prove here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Point-to-Prove/dp/B006HBO0L6

Thanks to The Monograph for publishing this review.

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