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CD DEAF HAVANA OLD SOULS REVIEW

DEAF HAVANA

OLD SOULS

2013

 

 

OLD SOULS, NEW (ILL-FITTING) SHOES...

 

 

Like a pop version of Brian Adams with a big slice of Springsteen and Ryan Adams thrown in there’s a distinctly North American flavour to the UK’s Deaf Havana this time around. But the two most striking things about Deaf Havana here are that they sound so tame in comparison to those bands they most recall sonically, and to be honest there are probably hundreds of bands out there that are better at doing what they do here.  So why decide to lose what was so endearing about last release ‘Fools and Worthless Liars’ and take the transatlantic route? Does the smell of possible US acceptance make it worth the gamble? Will ‘Old Souls’ make them flavour of the month across the pond?

 

Well there’s undoubtedly energy there and a certain deft touch like on opener ‘Boston Square’ but compare that highpoint with pretty much anything from the likes of The Gaslight Anthem and you’re worlds apart. Now that might be forgivable if there was something else to give, but here there really isn’t. This is a band that sounds like it’s only desire is to sound like someone else to hopefully cash in on current transatlantic trends. When you realise that this is their first US release then that sense of cynicism seems all the more well-founded. This is an album, that based on past output, is a departure rather than the hoped for progression in sound.  

 

If you want an album that sounds like Springsteen meets The Gaslight anthem that ticks all the musical boxes – mandolin, lap steel, banjo (you know all the authentic Americana instruments) and has the sheen and the sound but which lacks the essence or the conviction you may well like this. I mean you might say who cares about the integrity as long as it sounds good? Who cares if they’ve abandoned their own sound for a shot at the bright lights?   That’s not of course to say there isn’t anything of merit here ‘Lights’ is a great song, and the powerful and emotional ‘Cado Padre’ stands out too but both largely stand alone.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD DEAF HAVANA OLD SOULS REVIEW 2013