Let There Be Morning
First Appeared in The Music Box, July 2005, Volume 12, #7
Written by John Metzger
Though it was formed beneath the cold, dark skies of the coastal city of Umea, Sweden, The Perishers provides enough autumnal warmth and dappled sunlight to melt the encroaching flow of ice that threatens to envelop the heartbeat of its American debut Let There Be Morning. Shimmering waves of sound crash against the chiming guitars of Trouble Sleeping, and the piano-driven delicacy of Weekends offers a graceful introduction to the band’s brand of melancholy-laden pop. However, even as its songs’ lyrics mourn relationships that have turned sour, the ensemble manages to keep its sorrow at bay by wrapping tracks like Sway and Going Out in brightly optimistic arrangements. Elsewhere, it softens the quiet devastation of A Reminder by applying a soothing salve of spiritual comfort to the tune’s solemn chorus. Granted, there’s nothing contained on Let There Be Morning that allows The Perishers to separate itself from similar excursions by Travis, Coldplay, and Keane, but at its best, the group manages to meet its idols on their terms, simply by matching (note-for-note and mood-for-mood) its heroes’ haunted, fragile earnestness. ˝
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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