Fatherson hold the potential to be the kings of their pride.
Label: Easy Life / RED Essential
Released: 3rd June 2016
When you release a debut album as staggeringly beautiful as Fatherson did with 2014’s ‘I Am An Island’, consider your all-conquering place in arenas reserved. The massive melodies, intense bursts of emotion and, of course, singer Ross Leighton’s sonorous (and unmistakably Scottish) tones set the bar sky-high. When they first teased ‘Open Book’ with the brilliantly vibrant ‘Always’, it seemed like the Glaswegians were primed to vault over the bar with ease.
The title-track and ‘Wondrous Heart’ are more than likely to help the trio in their destined path to cracking the mainstream, but unfortunately struggle to retain any of the emotional vigour for which they have become so adored. Following a plodding middle section, ‘Forest’ and ‘Stop The Car’ storm in in the nick of time: warm, invigorating and with immense wholeheartedness.
Fatherson still hold the potential to be the kings of their pride, and while the lion’s share of ‘Open Book’ roars with a peerless majesty, it’s tough to ignore the watered-down, folkier filler tracks. It’s an admirable stab at the ‘difficult second album’ from a band with open hearts; approach it with an open mind and maybe even welcome it with open arms. Danny Randon