Opening their second full-length release with the haunting, lonely and sombre ‘I Am’, The Miss’s offer an engaging and lyrically potent introduction to this soulful and emotional album.
The Miss’s experiment with popular and commonplace tropes and deliver some very pleasing sounds with their home-produced and homegrown album.
‘I Am’ is followed by the album’s title track ‘Crash’, which is distinctly more up-beat and catchy.
‘Together’ is a very candid song with experimental production techniques involved, a fun bass-line and more of the duo’s involving and endearing guitar work.
‘Delay’ marks the first point in the album where the vocals are pushed out of their comfort zone, but not the last; the singers display eclectic and versatile vocal work throughout the album, carrying emotional and soulful lyrics over some very pleasant music.
There is at no point throughout the album that musical elements are pushed to breaking point, but this is by no means a pre-requisite for a good release; which this is.
‘Sleep’ brings in more vocal harmonics and electric guitar, delivering a busier and more diverse track; the energy of which is capitalised on and extrapolated in ‘Not Broken’, before the tempo is brought right back down for ‘The Road’.
The flagship track of the album, ’Keep Me’ offers the most diverse music and the best vocal harmonies on the album and moves us into its third act nicely.
‘It Won’t Happen’ carries on the trend of harmony and pleasance, while the penultimate ‘Here Again’, carries on the trend of emotional music and honest, personal lyricism and final track, ‘Mountain II’, has a more archaic feel about it, relying more heavily on the duo’s vocal work.
Crash is a competent release, which – although enjoyable – does not depart from or develop upon their older releases too much.
There are some wonderful harmonies and some very pleasant and enjoyable music but it plays things relatively safe.
The Miss’s could hardly be accused of breaking down many musical barriers or redefining their genre, but if this is not of paramount concern to you then fill your boots!
Words: Paul Aitken