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Epicure - Main Street




The rain is falling gently outside my window. It's cold and overcast and perfect weather for lounging about the house sipping hot chocolate and reading a book or listening to a good CD. Why not both? With an album as atmospheric as this one you just need it on softly in the background and the calming notes wash over you and relaxation sets in.

  
  

Soulful vocals from Juan Alban are the first thing to grab your attention as Main Street – Epicure's fourth long player – kicks off. This is very much an album of emotional hues and bluesy tones. The use of lap steel guitar, violins and various pianos/organs throughout ensure we are witness to an album of haunting, laid-back and moody melodies.

  
  

This is the style of album Epicure fans should expect from this Victorian quintet. In a way it is typical Epicure but in a way it is also much more. Guest musicians abound on the record and lend their talents in a variety of ways, from vocals to cello to electric violin (even the tambourine gets dusted off and put to good use).

  
  

Track 1 – Down in Flames – was the first track to grab my attention (something an artist aims for when producing an album one would assume). I have always been one for an emotive vocalist and when accompanied with the sound of instruments of such brooding honesty and beautiful thought provoking melodies it is almost too emotional to bear. You start asking yourself how music so sorrowful can promote within you not only a sense of relaxation but also one of enjoyment. The listener is almost on the verge of tears in recognition of the pain flowing through the music and vocals. For me it provides an opportunity for inward reflection.

  
  

Main Street wends onto Track 2 (as is usually the case) and the enjoyment continues. Track 3 – Tightrope Walker – is the first single from the album and another example of a great song but in my opinion not the best on the album. I think another track would have been more fitting for the first single. But what one doesn't love, someone else always does right? Apart from "Down In Flames" and "Pack My Parachute" I am also fond of "Blow Those Blues Away", "Main Street", "Amen" and "She Don't Stay For The Sunrise".

  
  

Twelve tracks and around 60 minutes later we get to the end of Main Street. There is a sense of familiarity with most of the songs but it is a style I like and therefore the album as a whole is very enjoyable.

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