Comsat Angels have always contrasted sharply with the
persistent mediocrity of so much '80s British rock.
Chasing Shadows finds the band fit and aiming
as truly as ever at the heart of rock.
Comsat Angels songwriting makes much of little, economically
using ideas and sounds to create an overall impression
that is fleeting yet subtle and soothing.
The Influence is typical Comsats, with a sturdy,
propulsive bass and coolness in the presentation.
But inevitably, the hooks emerge with repeated
playing, lurking just behind the obvious, surrounding
Steve Fellows' gentle vocals.
Dreams is the most challenging track, eschewing
the usual indirect approach for an opening guitar figure
that hammers you into attention, letting up only when
Andy Peake's keyboards enter inconspicuously to redefine
the tack of the song. The Comsat Angels might be fittingly
described as writing songs with wings, and on Flying
Dreams their evocative style ascends steeply.
good to see The Comsat Angels in full possession of
their faculty for great rock music six years on.
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