|1.||"Theme For Beauty" (2:45)|
|3.||"The Highest Place" (4:53)|
|4.||"How Far Must We Go?" (4:27)|
|1.||"Theme Fro Sadness" (1:52)|
|2.||"Beauty & Sadness" (5:09)|
|3.||"My Heart Longs For You, Pizza" (3:34)|
|5.||"I Must Work & I Must Die" (3:38)|
Anyone perturbed by the lack of creativity in much modern indie rock, with stylistic tropes frozen in aspic and creativity usurped by classicism, will find much to love in 'Beauty And Sadness', an album which does much to live up to its audaciously grandstanding title. Herein Manchester-based musician Ryan Kennedy manages to pay lip service to his love of '80s indie whilst also expanding his sound in different directions - thus in these richly textured and warmly melancholic ditties, one can hear the guitar curlicues of The Smiths and Durutti Column sitting alongside hazy synths and ambient interludes, with delicacy or arrangement balanced against yearning romanticism. Drawing the dots between C-86 and the 2020s, the result is a record for the ages.
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