It has become more fragile, this unique voice. But still unmistakable. Roddy Frame, vocal figurehead of the wonderfully melancholic Britpop formation Aztec Camera until their breakup in 1995, presents his first solo work in eight years with "Seven Dials". And as with all the music that the now 50-year-old Scotsman has ever presented, the charm of the simple sounds only gradually becomes apparent. Frames' vocal organ never intrude. But thanks to his unexcitement, paired with a strong portion of Northern- Soul passion with nonchalance and melancholy, she remains forever in the memory of the open-minded listener. "Seven Dials" begins bieder. But already from the second piece "Postcard", with its indelible melody, the man from Glasgow puts a fuse on the feverish harmony. Whoever gets involved with the lyrics, powerfully soaked with longing melancholy, is lost anyway, as long as he recognizes existence as an incomprehensible vale of tears. With ten songs in less than 40 minutes, Roddy Frame manages to unravel a glorious cosmos of the mysteriousness of all our mortality.
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