Blood Like Lemonade
The seventh studio album by trip-hop veterans Morcheeba marks the triumphant return of lead singer Skye Edwards, whose silky smooth vocals were sorely missed in what some fans of the band call the “dark years,” the period between 2003 and present day when a bevy of guest vocalists attempted to fill Edwards’ shoes, as she had departed the band due to creative differences.
Falling back into form as if they never missed a beat, the band opens with tune “Crimson,” setting the pace for a slow and steady marathon. First single “Even Though” finds a happy medium between a catchy chorus and spaced out verses. The title track finds the band exploring a darker lyrical side, while still pouring out the same smooth beats and riffs that put them on the map.
“Mandala” mixes some blues with sampled sound bites, and “Cut to the Bass” does the same with funk, giving Skye Edwards some time on the sidelines. She returns quickly each time, however, and shines bright on additional tracks “Easier Said Than Done,” and “Beat of the Drum.” Fans of the early Morcheeba will be pleased to find the band they loved before, back again. As they say, when life gives you bloody problems with your band, make lemonade.
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