Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Album Review: Day One
Day One -'Probably Art' (One Little Indian)
Their press release describes Day One as 'Britain's favourite urban storytellers.' Um, well I would have thought that was The Streets, but there you go. Vocalist Phelim Byrne and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hardwidge have been collaborating since the mid-90s. They seem to believe that they echo the old school sound of De La Soul and Massive Attack, but to these ears, I'm afraid it just sounds like a load of rehashed ideas.
Yes, their music has appeared in Skins, Trigger Happy TV, Cruel Intentions and Six Feet Under. But I've given this album a couple of listens to try and give it the benefit of the doubt, and I have to say that it's not bad, but it feels deeply average. The lyrics of 'Cosmopolita' seem worthy, reeling off people who come from mixed backgrounds which is cool, but the rhymes are cringeworthy, and that's not cool. The two closing tracks 'Who Owns The Rain?' and 'Time To Go' redeem the album slightly, but it feels like a fairly average album that needs more of an edge, instead of having them smoothed off.
Day One's Myspace is here