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Hate to say it, but Bob Mose’s debut album is, well, a bit dull. And that’s a crime, because for the last couple of years this pair seemed to have it all going on.
2013’s 'Far From The Tree' 12" EP was brilliant. Dominated by 'All I Want', but with the title track and Winters Song coming in strong and improving with every play, the Canadian duo seemed to have put a fresh spin on beats and smoky atmospherics. A cynical soul might have dismissed them as trip-hop revivalists, but as part of North America's belated love affair with dance music, it’s arguable that Bob Moses had, if anything, naively re-invented the genre from scratch, so vital did they make it all sound.
Follow-up single Grace was likewise engaging. Yet in retrospect, it’s clear that flip-side First To Cry - which hinted at a desire to economize and work within more conventional parameters – was the first step on a bad turn. Because, arriving here, at Days Gone By, with the Bob Moses brew reduced further still into conventional three-minute territory, the pair’s songwriting sorely lacks something.
Granted, there are a couple of great tracks here. 'Before I Fall' pulls a lush 70s AOR chorus into the mix, while 'Tearing Me Apart' recalls the darker edge of their earlier work (while also, bizarrely, managing to sound like Gerry Raffety). But overall, taken as part of a ten track whole, Bob Mose’s debut is a bland slog - music for dinner parties.
It doesn’t help that lyrically, Days Gone By never get beyond heartache. Because, without the drama and dynamics of dance music’s build-ups and break-downs to back up their words, with everything running to roughly the same tempo, Days Gone By seems to bleed into one.
You'd be much better off getting
All In All
, which collects all three of the pair's earlier EPs - because that's where the good stuff is.
This is a review for the LP version. Awesome album and I've got lots of love for Bob Moses. The first one I received was warped. Amazon's return policy is excellent and I received another - also warped. Maybe I'm getting unlucky?