FRANK AND WALTERS
ALBUM SETANTA RELEASE: OCTOBER,
2000 REVIEW: NOVEMBER 21, 2000
great bands always have a huge impact the first time you hear them. When
I got The Frank and Walters for review, my first thoughts were
negative and that made the impact even greater. Then i jumped out of my seat when I discovered "Glass" is actually
good and unique. Both in the sense that the band is
British and still uses synths as dominant instruments and that the sound,
mostly, is very fresh and appealing.
First out is "Underground",
sounding quite similar to the Swedes in Robot, with its electronics based
catchy pop build. This is in no way representative of the whole album,
as other tracks, like the emotional "Facing Silence", are more
dominated by acoustic guitars and drums, and a sound reminiscent of Electronic.
Still, it's the unchecked blend of ingredients and the strong, moody song
material that give The Frank and Walters the upper hand.
Apparently they have released several albums prior to "Glass"
and after this I am more or less forced to investigate their back catalogue.
The Frank and Walters is in many ways the definition of pop music itself.