Boomkat Product Review:
Greenlandic musician and songwriter Simon Lynge releases his first collection of songs for British label, Lo-Max. Even the most cursory listen through the album's opening immediately communicates just how commercial and resolutely mainstream his writing style is, yet Lynge gets away with it by virtue of being so unfashionably sincere; when he sings "Give me love and I'll bring it back to you" on 'Love Comes Back To You', he means it so much you might actually forget just how many times you've heard these sentiments before. Lynge's music takes a very traditional slant on what it is to be an acoustic guitar wielding troubadour, bringing to mind the likes of James Taylor and Cat Stevens with his radio-friendly delivery. Rare moments of grit and usage of a minor-key occur towards the middle of the album, with elaborate full-band recordings 'One Day At A Time' and 'Infinitely You'. The former lays on a dense arrangement of organ, harpsichord and even a screeching electric guitar solo, while the latter really goes to town laying on some pleasantly jarring sitar lines. It's the fingerpicking album sign-off 'The Future' that perhaps best epitomises Lynge's writing style though, deploying a Eurovision-calibre schmaltz-heavy chorus ("If we want to break free we can/If we want to play music, do it now/And praise the moon, the mountains and the sun") with a refreshing, if somewhat disorientating lack of cynicism.