Norman Palm - Shore To Shore
There's no getting away from it, Shore to Shore is a mixed bag. Tuneful acoustics set an expectation that is quickly dashed by Palm's vocals; his rasping tones ripping through the guitars and synths, leaving them in tatters. Yet given time to bed in, the thought-provoking, often sad, lyrics come to the fore and the whole ensemble manages to work against the odds. There is the odd slip-up. Palm stumbles with 'Smile', "I wanna see you naked" sounds almost creepy and what is left is an album that still outstays its welcome by some magnitude. There's a cracking five-track EP somewhere in here - almost everything from the opener to 'Landslide' is good stuff - but it's lost around the half-way point and we end up being left with the memory of those vocal lows and not the emotional resonance that showed so much potential.