Sticky Fingers
Westway (The Glitter & The Slums)


4.0
excellent

Review

by doug USER (80 Reviews)
October 6th, 2016 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Learning to fly

Only three records deep into their story, Sticky Fingers have already created what seems to be a broad and eclectic catalogue of music. The strong reggae/dub influence of Caress Your Soul which brought the band to the fore in the icky faux electronica/indie pop staunchness of 2012, slowly dripped away through 2014’s sophomore Britpop infused and commercially successful Land of Pleasure. It has almost completely vanished on their latest record, Westway (The Glitter and the Slums). What we are left with is a very natural progression from Sticky Fingers previous endeavours, with a further push into the ambient and straight up rock. Although, Westway… is lucky to be in existence, as the vagabonds of relentless touring, riding high on recognition and acclaim, nearly completely burnt themselves out from championing Land of Pleasure. With bulging egos, rehab and in-fighting the band were on the brink of collapse. We find in Westway… a sense of reality check, recovery and sensitivity. It’s a showing of inherent vulnerability.

Sticky Fingers development and progression was prominent through Land of Pleasure as the song writing improved to a stage where the band felt confident to experiment with their sound. On Westway… the band has escalated to full Britpop/Alt Rockers, and the experimentation continues. It is a sound that fits them well, as sonically, they master the ability to weave walls of guitar with intricate synth-scapes and melodies that are built for one purpose, to hook.

'Sad Songs’ is an infectious cut, and a ready-made radio tune prescribing to the Brit-Pop theme, while lead single ‘Outcast at Last’ is constructed by a funk infused base line, and along with ‘Something Strange’ which features rapturous rapper Remi, hints the most toward the reggae/dub sound found on Caress Your Soul. Opening track, ‘One by One’ amplifies the soul searching Sticky Fingers has done the most, as singer Dylan Frost crones, “We reached for the stars but if fell downwards” recognising previous faults, and giving an insight into the past climate of the band. Though as the album continues, the process of healing grows stronger in sound. Acoustic number, ‘Amillionite’ proves to be the medicine;

“Won't let you drift on and out of sight
Like tears in rain
You know I'm always there
Maybe one day we'll hang out
And I'll make it up
I'll make your star shine out…”

Westway… shines brightly in a fickle indie scene, as Sticky Fingers have been able to mix the raw with the roar and build a record the soothes the hurt of the past. In Westway… Sticky Fingers can begin building steps to the top of the pinnacle that almost collapsed on top of them.



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Douglas
October 6th 2016


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn ampersand.



First review in 3 years. Last one in another 3 probably.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2016


39298 Comments


"We reached for the stars but if fell downwards"

I fell?

"[i]Westaway…[i/]"

fix those italics and also it's Westway without the a, isn't it

great review, keen to check this

Douglas
October 6th 2016


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

For some reason in my mind it was WestAway.

tommygun
October 6th 2016


26691 Comments


great stuff dougy you sick kunt!

just need to add a 'd' to 'collapse' in the very last sentence

alb is pretty sweet

Douglas
October 6th 2016


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

...but nothing comparable to Liquorlip Loaded Gun good

tommygun
October 6th 2016


26691 Comments


that's a very high bar to be fair

Douglas
October 7th 2016


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's damn close to perfection

Douglas
October 11th 2016


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think Sad Songs and Something Strange have grown to be my favourite on here.



ps: can a mod fix the album art glitch?

Douglas
October 11th 2016


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think Sad Songs and Something Strange have grown to be my favourite on here.



ps: can a mod fix the album art glitch?

jpsurf93
December 8th 2016


15 Comments


Really saddened to hear the news of StiFi's recent decision to go on an indefinite hiatus and Dylan Frost's confessions of alcohol addiction, struggles with schizophrenia and mental health issues. These guys are awesome, and I hope that they can bounce back after Dyl spends some time in rehab and keep making records as good as this one and their others.

Douglas
December 8th 2016


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thelma Plum dropping bombs though, obviously Dylan needs help. Lyrics in songs like Liqourlip Loaded Gun make a good connection to reality now

tommygun
December 8th 2016


26691 Comments


heavy

hope he pulls through

Douglas
December 11th 2016


9283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, and I hope the stigma of the band is able to be saved, as I think STI FI will be frowned upon for a long time due to his obnoxious actions.



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