ARTIST : TIM BURGESS

ALBUM : I LOVE THE NEW SKY 

LABEL : BELLA UNION

RATING : 8/10

WORDS : MALVIKA PADIN

Conjuring up exciting, life-affirming sounds The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess delivers a wonderfully connected collection of songs that tease out positivity and enthusiasm from the corners of your heart on his fifth solo release to-date I Love The New Sky; an expansive, effortless soundscape spanning universal experiences of love, anger, loss and belonging. 

Opening with the punchy sounds of ‘Empathy For The Devil’, the album flits between bouncy choruses and sweetly melodic sonics. The piano-led ‘Sweetheart Mercury’ with its simple yet sophisticated arrangement and poetic lyrics gives way to the blissful stylings of ‘Comme D’Habitude’. The first highlight however is the soaring ‘Sweet Old Sorry Me’, with booming, jazz-tinged instrumentals juxtaposed with smooth vocals. 

Entirely self-penned, the record from Burgess lyrically bounds between introspection, cautionary tales, and everything in between 

The album shifts in musicality with ‘The Warhol Me’ with elements of electro lurking in the background score, before the stand-out of the 12-track record ‘Lucky Creatures’ begs for replays with the anthemic instrumentals peaking with a brilliant crescendo of piano and drums. Cleverly offsetting the high-energy of ‘Lucky Creatures’ comes slow-burn, stripped-back offering ‘Timothy’. 

The album shifts in musicality with ‘The Warhol Me’ with elements of electro lurking in the background score, before the stand-out of the 12-track record ‘Lucky Creatures’ begs for replays with the anthemic instrumentals peaking with a brilliant crescendo of piano and drums. Cleverly offsetting the high-energy of ‘Lucky Creatures’ comes slow-burn, stripped-back offering ‘Timothy’. 

The album shifts in musicality with ‘The Warhol Me’ with elements of electro lurking in the background score, before the stand-out of the 12-track record ‘Lucky Creatures’ begs for replays with the anthemic instrumentals peaking with a brilliant crescendo of piano and drums. Cleverly offsetting the high-energy of ‘Lucky Creatures’ comes slow-burn, stripped-back offering ‘Timothy’. 

Entirely self-penned, the record from Burgess – who in his life in music has donned several caps including singer, label boss,  DJ, and author– lyrically bounds between introspection, cautionary tales, and everything in between while keeping the soundscape light and uplifting ; a good example is the breezy piano pop  ‘I Got This’  which also doubles as an empowering anthem.

Photo Credit : Cat Stevens

Overall, the album is a gorgeous, sonically diverse, summery piece of psych-pop heaven with a solid narrative 

I Love The New Sky loses its way a bit in a muddled, sadly forgettable middle with tracks like ‘The Mall’ and ‘Only Took A Year’ encompass the psych-pop feels of the album but leave behind no impact or impression with at times bland and other times cacophonous soundscapes.

But penultimate track, the sombre-angsty ballad ‘Undertow’ veers the album back on course with its slow yet powerful musicality. Final track, ‘Laurie’ is a rock-tinged, heart-tugging closer that roots the fun optimistic energy of the album with a touch of emotionality. 

Overall, the album is a gorgeous, sonically diverse, summery piece of psych-pop heaven with a solid narrative that makes it Tim’s finest solo record till date. 

I Love The New Sky is out now via Bella Union

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