The Windmills   Drug Autumn [EP]
Release Date: 2000

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4.0 excellentClearTheLane | July 3rd 09

This is an EP by a relatively unknown English band. The sounds of all the four songs are very well put together and the mixing seems to be near-perfect. The songs mostly resemble the ones used by The Smiths and The Go-Betweens, which are probably the right bands to get the comparison. Here the band provides catchy jangle pop tracks that have an ordinary song alignment. However, unlike in other such records the drums manage to leave a significant footprint to the music, especially in "Want". The vocals are of high quality as well, without being exceptional they are of such type that should apply to nearly everyone. The lyrics are typical for the genre, fitting to the name of the EP. The optimistic opener is followed by the title-track, which for me is the highlight, obtaining a regretful theme with lyrics such as: “What a gave up was far more precious/Than what I gave/But by then it was already too late”. One of the only bad things about the songs is that they are a bit too recursive, especially songs #1 & 3, which repeat their titles throughout the songs. This is often the case with poppy music, and fortunately The Windmills don't make it as irritating that it would harm the enjoyability of the music. In conclusion, this album is certainly great and consistent, with very few flaws. As for the rating, I was somewhere between a 3,5 and a 4, but I've chosen the latter since I strongly recommend this. Besides, I really like the album cover. It reminds me of lifetime memories, especially of childhood.


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