There is an argument that there is nothing sadder than a great artist that has decided to settle and continue to rehash the same music time after time. No growth and no pushing the boundaries.
So most artists change, and they lose their fans, it’s too different and not what people are wanting or expecting. In short new albums are disappointing because what we really want is what we had.
So it’s just great that the latest work from Mr and Mrs G is just that, their ‘Last Weekend’ may be a rehash of their greatest hits but that is just what their fans wanted.
Starting off with the opening track “Lie In”it is clear that this is going to be the same sound as every week. The track is too short and ends with a loud scream and segues straight into “Milk and Tea”.
The longest and most difficult track follows, “Getting Up”, and is a dirge that is hard to get through. Despite this we hit “Breakfast” which is one of the better tracks on this album. Some listeners claim it is a bit heavy, like bacon and bread, while others state it is light and fluffy like pancakes. It is still one of the more satisfying pieces on the album.
The middle section is a large amount of filler; “Tea Reprise”, “Sofa jam”, “Afternoon nap”, “Tea again”. Despite this there is a playful undertone to these tracks, a childish harmony that interrupts the main melody. Despite the monotonous nature it is this additional harmony that adds meaning to the middle section.
The end seems to come a little early with “Bathtime” and “Go to sleep” acting as a mini-climax. The whole album seems to build to a crescendo that erupts in a chaos of discordant noise. It’s as though the childish melody is fighting against the main mature harmony.
After this there is an extended hidden track, a chillout track called “Relax”. Despite being a four hour long slow piece it works really well as a coda to the whole album.
Despite it sounding the same as Mr and Mrs G’s previous work this is a decent album, and although it is not exciting and different it is certainly one that I will come back to time and time again.
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