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The Shadow of Heaven


Artist: Money
Label: Bella Union Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 06 May 2014

Money release their debut album through Bella Union Records.

While the PR blurb for Shadow of Heaven claims "It’s an album that defies convention and cliché", I'd argue that it in fact a very conventional and clichéd indie album. Not that that's a bad thing, far from it. But when lead singer, Jamie Lee, is quoted as saying: "Our aim with this band - in all things we do - is to create the world afresh on our own terms," they're possibly taking this a bit too seriously.

The album contains ten tracks (50 min, 40 sec) and offers stripped-back piano ballads such as ‘Goodnight London’ and ‘Black’ to the bigger as well as the bolder sounds of ‘Hold Me Forever’ and ‘Bluebell Fields’.

For those who have followed the indie scene for years, this is more teen angst, soul searching, self-indulgence. What it does, it does well; standing on the shoulders of those that have come before. Just don't expect it to break new ground.


Nick Smithson

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