Foreign Slippers - Farewell To The Old Ghosts
We may have mentioned it before, but it's something worth repeating: there's no harder review to write than of something that's just nice. And that's exactly the quandary we find ourselves in with Foreign Slippers' Farewell To The Old Ghosts, as we grasp around in the musical ether to find something...anything...to say about their pleasant yet disposable folk peddles.
Infrequently, the album does awaken you from your stupor: 'It All Starts Now' is a highly promising opener, all delicate guitars and gorgeous vocals; 'What Are You Waiting For' is hauntingly beautiful, forming a perfectly eerie double bill with the preceding 'Island'. Yet these are the exceptions, rather than the rule and by the time the low-key finale 'When You Feel The Fear' rolls around with its muffled vocals, you'd be hard pressed to remember the song just before it, let alone some of the earlier efforts on the album. 'Thank The Moon' has echoes of Florence And The Machine, just none of the power; 'Throw The Lot In' has potential before it finds itself stuck in a repetitive rut. Throughout Farewell To The Old Ghosts, Foreign Slippers showcase strong musicality, it's just that ultimately, they don't have the ear-catching tunes to match it.