Blue and green record exploding into shards

Elephant Sky
Live On Woman

This really is a record caught between something good and something terrible. This is one of the harshest opening lines I’ve written and I’m confident that it’s justified by the title track on this single.

Individually, each element displays the characteristics that haunt the record. The vocal is great when it lets rip, but seems lost at all other times, the guitars sound great in the riffy verse but transform into a sputtering mess in the chorus and the drums occasionally get lost just enough to make things pull at the seams.

However, it has to be said that you can imagine what this band would be like if they really got things together. When they’re on form, which ‘Made Of Snow’ demonstrates far better than ‘Live on Woman’, there’s plenty to impress. In fact, it’s almost as if the studio has been hijacked by a much better band.

All of a sudden, the drums are beat-perfect, the guitars actually have some tone and the vocal dips and soars with accomplished control of the melody.

‘Baby’s In The Safe’ is the second good track on this record and without a doubt, it’s the inclusion of ‘Live On Woman’ that’s ruined this record – not only by its mere existence but by its prime-time spot on the a-side.

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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