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Loving the Sun: Dreaming of More

This is German duo, Joe Weninghoff and lyricist, Christina Pollman's debut album which also featured guest vocalist Andrea Heukamp supplying additional harmonies. Originated in the style which continued in their second release Colourful the set consists of 11 short songs of dreamy melodic pop-psychedelia. The arrangements retain a relatively simple framework in the main of keyboard washes and gentle percussion with a jangly guitar. The songs are mostly adult orientated pop ballads such as the opening number. The following track, "South Beach Quay" also has a suitably disco feel with an 80s synth-pop ethic.

There's a nice orchestral feel to "Hello my love" and "Daylight" even suggests that the band may want to rock occasionally, although it is only a suggestion the ambient context and digital keyboard sounds hold sway throughout. The rather longer, pensive and atmospheric song "Raindrops" is a particular highlight on the album, with its image of a lonely person looking through a rain-streaked window and reminiscing on the past and their relationships. The buried distant guitar, sounding as though it is being played somewhere 'outside' is an especially effective idea which adds to the melancholy.

A well-sung decent enough disk for easy listening and chill-outs but not especially inspiring or sufficiently varied, not helped by the heavy use of drum sequencers and programming in the background arrangements.

Track Listing
1. Years are flying away
2. South Beach Quay
3. Close my eyes
4. Hello my love
5. Daylight
6. In my life
7. Happened
8. Raindrops
9. Springtime
10. Sun and moon
11. Like air in the sky

Added: January 24th 2008
Reviewer: Richard Barnes
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3470
Language: english

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