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Boomkat Product Review:
A read through Woodpigeon's backstory, as written by the band's leader. Mark Hamilton, should help you determine whether or not you'll be able to tolerate a full album of his handiwork: "When I first tried my hand at writing songs, I was living in a golden-tinged flat down Easter Road in Edinburgh with the daughter of an SAS man who'd given me a reduced rate on rent out of a fondness for Canadians. I had a lovely Spanish guitar with a tragically cracked head, given to me by two Swiss girls I'd been helping out with their English lessons after they'd snatched it from the hostel in which we'd originally met. The first band I'd assembled went by the name Woodpigeon Divided By Antelope Equals Squirrel (or W/A=S for short), but nothing that came out of me then was worth much. He elaborates: "I remember one song was called 'John Cusack Escapes From the Nazis,'"... The truth is though, as annoying as this album is in principle, it actually sounds rather lovely, with gorgeous arrangements elevating the likes of 'The Hamilton Academicals' into a whole stratosphere of auricular delights. You'll be amply rewarded for negotiating your way around the track titles, which do seem to skirt between the annoyingly twee ('Love In The Time Of Hopscotch') and the mildly intriguing ('Anna, Girl In The Clocktower', which sounds a bit like Weezer's 'Say It Ain't So' through the verses). The elaborate, widescreen arrangements compliment the tone of the songwriting perfectly and the band seems to have achieved a level of consistency that outweighs the more whimsical climes of prior works in their catalogue. Rather good.