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Albums Of The Week: The Boo Radleys | Eight

The title is uninspired. Thankfully, the U.K. trio's latest batch of lush pop-rock is not.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Marking perhaps their busiest ever year in 2023, The Boo Radleys are making up for lost time after been missing from the musical map from 1998 to 2021. First they releasd their comeback seventh album Keep On With Falling last March. Now they’re back with their succinctly titled eight release, Eight.

Where last year’s album, joyful in tone yet brooding with heavyweight lyrical themes, came together as an exploration of the isolated ideas of each member, Eight is — according to vocalist and co-songwriter, Simon “Sice” Rowbottom — formed of songs recorded “purposefully to appear together on an album. There is also a greater depth of integration, which means that it’s more difficult to tell which member of the band the song originated with.”

The opening track and first single Seeker is about leaning on those we trust to share life’s highs and lows. Bassist and co-songwriter Tim Brown says: “This song started out as a three-chord synth pop tune and mutated into a brassy bop courtesy of trumpeter Nick Etwell. The electric guitar flourishes were added by Louis Smith before Sice added layers of backing vocals which help drive the song along and bring it to its joyful conclusion.”


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