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Classic Album Review: Tram | Frequently Asked Questions

The U.K. slocore duo’s album is as Immersive, lush and inviting as a warm bath.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Q: Who are Tram? A: U.K. slocore multi-instrumentalists Paul Anderson and Nick Avery.

Q: What is slocore?
A: A variety of alternative or underground music distinguished by lethargic yet strangely lulling tempos, sparse yet strangely elegant musicality, bittersweet yet strangely romantic lyrics and an overall melancholy vibe.
Q: What is Tram’s sophomore album Frequently Asked Questions like?
A: Immersive, lush and inviting, not unlike a warm bath.
Q: Does that mean it will put me to sleep?
A: Not at all — quiet doesn’t mean boring, and delicate doesn’t mean dull. These tracks may stroll past accompanied by the gentle jangle of lightly brushed guitar strings, but the duo’s songcraft is just as catchy and compelling as it is comforting, while musically interesting touches like trumpet add the odd symphonic sophistication.
Q: Will I want to listen to it again?
A: Yes. Frequently.