Back in November I stumbled upon a link to a free download for “When you walk in the room” by Fyfe Dangerfield. This song knocked me off of my feet and soon became what is likely my most listened to song of the last 6 months. Last.Fm says its 20 times in the last 3 months. But that doesn’t include the extensive plays on Vinyl or the actual CD in my car, or the multiple plays on my other system. It’s one of those in your face over the top great pop anthems. Different enough to stand out, and just damn happy. Jump on over to his site HERE and download it in exchange for your email.
A week and a half ago, my deluxe Vinyl edition arrived in all of its glory. Included in this signed edition limited edition was the LP, CD, Bonus CD, Lyrics book, and a poster. Not sure what I need the poster for, but the imagery is good. Upon first listen to the album, there is no other track like “when you walk in the room”, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. There are a couple of more upbeat tracks like “She needs me” and “Faster than the setting sun” which stand out. And the rest of the album is filed with slower and mid tempo tracks that showcase the songwriting. Together it makes for a very interesting and satisfying listen. The album rises and falls, and then rises again. “So brand new” is a great midtempo track that harkens back to the good old days of british pop while the mellow “Livewire” is a beautiful acoustic guitar and piano ballad. The last track on the album, “Any Direction”, starts off with an electronic beat, with some synth and then gradually becomes more organic developing into a surprisingly catchy number. The included bonus disc, doesn’t seem to be as polished but features a handful of great tracks that could have made the album. I am sure that this album will be somewhere near the top of my year end list. Take a gander at the video for lush “she needs me” below and then go buy his album.