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By Andrew Lee for Easy Street Records
When I press play on an opening track like ďPrime,Ē the change is almost instant. The music I hear is so appealing it changes my life. The ordinary life becomes the extraordinary life just by virtue of the music, if only for a few minutes. Ironically, I donít really even know what Jonathan Meiburg is singing about. I canít easily understand all the lyrics, but it doesnít matter. In this case itís all about the music and the feeling. And to me, music like this feels amazing. But why? Itís that electronic hook mainly. It lights up something inside me - some kind of internal recognition receptor turns on and just, like, glows. Itís like something was out there, or maybe it was inside me, and I knew it was there but I couldnít find it, so I couldn't say it, but I can recognize it when I hear the band play it.
And thatís just the first song.
And no, theyíre not all like that. Musicians canít be magicians every time. But in the case of Jet Plane And Oxbow, the power of Shearwaterís opening trick is strong enough to light a path all the way to the end of the album for both the band and their listeners.