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CD ED KOWALCZYK THE FLOOD AND THE MERCY REVIEW

ED KOWALCZYK

THE FLOOD AND THE MERCY

2013

 

 

BACK TO THE RIVER

 

 

Now 'Live' was a band that in their prime were pretty much unassailable, I still can't listen to 'Throwing Copper' without marveling at how they managed to harness that power. Ed’s solo output has been far gentler in spirit than his ‘Live’ output (this is his second solo album) but there have always been those similar lyrical themes and ticks. One of those recurring themes has always been water, the flow of the River, the rain from the skies and it is of course to the fore on ‘The Flood…’

 

Starting out with ‘The One’ a swooping song that isn’t a million miles from ‘Live’ - it’s an album of ups and downs, through the low-key ‘Seven’ to the strummed simplicity of the uplifting ‘Angels on a Razor’ which echoes that particular trademark sound he does so well but never quite recaptures the magic.

 

In an album with few surprises (which should please fans) there are a few standouts: one of them is the higher tempo, slightly angrier ‘Parasite’ which breaks it all up a bit and is essentially a pretty solid unadorned hard rock track. It’s our favourite here.  

 

On the down side, as you might expect with Ed there’s a song with religious overtones: ‘Holy Water Tears' is a little less subtle than usual and neither the song nor the lyrics particularly stick.

 

But in truth there are more positives than negative, though again they are largely slightly out of character: ‘Supernatural Fire’ is another high tempo straight ahead rocker with a fine pop sensibility that you could imagine firing from the guitars of many a current young pop-rocker. To me it’s also the song where you can perhaps most feel the shadow of REMs Peter Buck.   

 

All in all, not quite as strong as ‘Alive’ but in a similar vein. Look out for the 2CD version which adds an unreleased EP – ‘The Garden’.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD ED KOWALCZYK THE FLOOD AND THE MERCY REVIEW 2013