My Little Experiment

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After strumming along in the acoustic power pop trio Brighter, Alex Sharkey sought a different route. The result is that the singer has created a lush, Brit-pop-like album that is ethereal and poignant in places. The loss and regret felt on "Pantomime" over a sweet backbeat makes it all the more morose, with the angelic high points being reached effortlessly. A good portion of the songs cover the same sonic territory in having the keyboard serving as the backbone. "I find politeness so unsightly too" he sings in "Do You Feel Guilty," which has all the sweetness and smarts of an intelligent musician. Although the songs don't have an upbeat message, it doesn't negate their depressing beauty in the vein of the Cure, particularly on the reflective "I Can See," which is given enough space to breath. The best track appears to be the electro-tinged "You Shouldn't Have," with its harmony vocals in the distance. The only knock against the record is the fact there could be much more presented, but it's a short snippet of the potential of this one-man group.

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