Oooh boy! The Broken-Hearted Few, where to begin with you?! The stuff on their latest album, You Can Never Come Back is one part dangerous, one part heartfelt and ALL parts WOMAN. These ladies build a world from an entirely feminine perspective which is essentially a prism with an intricate and vast amount of angles. They capture so perfectly the many, many filters we women pass our thoughts through. You don't have to be a woman to appreciate this album, but I strongly recommend you be someone who genuinely appreciates women.
The band is Betty Manson (vocals/guitar/banjo), Maria Piacentini (vocals/bass) and Neil Manson (guitar). Betty Manson and Piacentini are the songwriters and they wield powerful pens. The lyrics are gorgeous, many of them tell stories and others paint portraits of people. This is star quality writing, iconic almost. These stories and portraits are burned into my thoughts. They are also unforgettable vocalists. They talk to one another and then when they go for the harmonies, they tie my heart strings into knots, so lovely. Their sound is saturated in originality and spirit.
So many different emotions are at play here. A good chunk of the album is dedicated to a quietly powerful alt folk sound. They take their time and plea their case with a stern softness. However, they are not afraid to spice it up with some different tones. The opening track left one hell of an impression. It's called "Maiden Fair" and it brings all that dangerous flavor I was talking about. It's moody, bleak, pointed and also completely fabulous. Another song that tugged on my heart was "Night Geometry." This track stands out both musically and lyrically to me. It's funky, quirky and became an instant pop folk hit for me. I think these hints of diversity elevated the album.
Production for this album was well done from where I sit. This is the type of music I want to sound raw and intimate. Both of those were achieved without sacrificing quality. You Can Never Come Back is a studio album. They recorded in Stonegate Studios in High Bentham, North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. I love that while this is a studio album, they managed to create the illusion of a light touch. You won’t miss a thing with how the mixing was handled. You've got two lovely vocalists bouncing off one another and then coming together for those stunning harmonies and you get to hear it all with zero effort.
I can't begin to stress what a beautiful and distinctive album this is. It stands out from the crowd because it wields such great power with such gentle delivery. You are compelled to listen and indulge in what they bring to the table.
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