Harrys Gym - What Was Ours Can't Be Yours
We waxed lyrically about Harrys Gym's eponymous debut last year so it's pleasing to report that their sophomore effort proves it was no one-off. What Was Ours Can't Be Yours strengthens and expands on the skills in evident display on that first album, even if the outcome isn't quite as cohesive. Anne Lise Frøkedal's mind-caressing vocals remain truly gorgeous, but also take on a more menacing tone on the likes of 'No Hero' in a way that keeps the album interesting. Aside from the opening tracks 'The Visitor' and 'Mountains' (the latter of which contains a superb drumbeat rhythm) which could be considered instant singles, the other tracks on the album require repeat listenings to weave their magic and imprint themselves instead of just gently massaging your eardrums. All of this makes What Was Ours... a promising indication that the band aren't resting on their prog rock laurels and, even if the experimentation makes the album less consistently strong as their debut, it could well prove to be the stepping stone for a truly special third effort.