WE REVIEW THE NEW ALBUM BY THE SHERLOCKS – WORLD I UNDERSTAND
The Sherlocks are a fairly young band from Sheffield. Best known for their debut album “Live for the moment”. Since then, the band has switched out one pair of brothers for two new members. And with their lineup change, comes this album.
This album marks a fairly new direction for the sound of the band. Where in past they have been called a BTEC Courteeners, they are finally evolving the sound, likely in part, due to their new members. The potential of a band like this is not a big surprise, unfortunately, with whispers around the industry and stories passed around, they have quite an infamous reputation.
Thankfully, “World I Understand” is displaying a small sample of this potential. Especially in songs like “Falling”, bringing forth a welcome nostalgia from a song you may have heard on match of the day in the prime of indie rock. With a different vocal style in the verses, it really makes its sound distinct. With a really great lead guitar tone and fun instrumentation during the chorus.
Unfortunately, this is a rare thing for the songs to sound different from each other. A problem this band is still struggling with is making a collection of songs that all sound different enough from each other to classify them as their own thing, whilst keeping them in a similar umbrella to allow them to flow on an album. If you’d like an easy and simple example of my disappointment, it would be to skip to about a quarter of the way through any song and see for yourself.
One of the other exceptions to this rule is “Games you play”, due to it being a slower and thinner in texture. However, this change in the norm isn’t often enough to justify the other parts of the album all sounding so samey. One of the main things that keeps my attention moving throughout this album is the lead guitar. With almost a solo per song, we get an unbelievable chance to listen to this new sound. One of my favourites being in the song “On the Run” in the solo, combining a great guitar tone with some really emotional playing where the band has been fairly robotic in past.
Overall, this album does a good job pushing the band forward, but still displays some downfalls of the songwriting process these guys use. A lot of repetitive tracks, similar vocal lines and standard drums mean this band have a long way to go to get out of this rut. Fortunately, the lead guitar shows that glimmer of hope with and excellent, unique style. A lot of techniques found in blues and country are used on the guitar and it really adds to a new sound the band can follow for future projects.