Exceptionally talented live band The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra have just released an impressive debut album entitled 'Lowering The Tone'. The album could be described as fun alternative folk for adults!
The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra from the west of Ireland consists of nine members playing instruments from the usual guitars, bass, keyboards etc. to the bizarre such as a metal dustbin! To use a rugby analogy; the front row consists of the Blake siblings Ann the lead vocalists, James on vocals and acoustic guitar and David the chief composer and songwriter in the band. They are backed by a wonderful cast of experienced musicians. Full bio here: http://www.bplo.org/about.html
'Lowering The Tone' is a really impressive collection of songs which are well written and thought out. I've had an earlier demo cd for the last year and the best songs on the album were also on that demo. Tracks like the single 'Grace Jones', 'Soon' and 'December' have become featured tracks on my various playlists that it seems rather odd for me to review them here. 'Soon' in particular has been one of my favourite tracks in the last year because of the wonderful strings and vocals.
Of the tracks on the album which are new to me I really love the drinking song 'Long Time Rogue' with James Blake on lead vocals. 'Summit' contains wonderful harmonies from Ann and David. I love the positivity within the song 'New Miracle'. In fact there isn't a poor song on the album and there's enough variation within the tracks to hold attention and interest.
As mentioned above this is a grown-up album of inspirational songs, wonderful harmonies and interesting song structures. The main quality I love about the album is the infusion of fun which flows throughout the album.
The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Lowering The Tone [10 out of 12]
Listen to 'The Devil & Me' here:
The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Devil & Me by sillygooserecords
Buy the album: http://www.bplo.org/shop.html