The Fruitful Earth – Rising Sun Review

South London band; The Fruitful Earth return on April 28th with the follow up from their self titled debut. This new album has been produced by front woman Sarah Blair in collaboration with Andrew J Jones who has produced tracks from Squeeze amongst others. Sarah was originally a specialist in classical composition but it was her 60’s and 70’s related influences that brought her to this point, but it will still be intriguing to see if those techniques are applied to an album that is full of classic rock and soul components which I’m sure they will.

The albums starts with ‘Firebird’. A song that opens with a dramatic tumbling piano which quickly finds it’s melodic chords and this song may as well be the definition of melody and harmony. Sarah works the impressive range of her vocals from the lower tones of soft and warm narratives to the high pitched screams and the wonderfully worked harmonies in-between. The classic ballad generating piano is there with the big, crashing percussion to expand and add a certain glisten to the sound along with the lead guitar riffs that tear through it all. An epitome of the classic rock ballad. ‘Honey Bee’ swings and struts naturally with the piano chords providing the hit. Across the instrumentals are Sarah’s smooth and fluid vocal, that eases and slides across the music to deliver each lyric without a hint of any grit or grime.

‘Ford Cortina’ is a song befitting of the machine. The piano’s bounce gives the song such a drive (no pun intended) and a gives the vocals a chance to fluctuate and for the song to diverge from the rhythm as it holds so true and solid. Sarah’s vocal are as sharp as ever at times and smooth as ever at others. The lyrics too, you just have to love. A love for a red 1981 Ford Cortina that is completely understandable and relatable. ‘Shake’ features hugely fluctuating and dynamic keys and cascading percussion before setting about a hard charging rhythm flanked by the tumbling percussion parts and undulating synths. The vocals soar above it all with ease as you’d have come to expect by now and in general the urgency and familiarity of it makes that much sweeter. ‘Up All Night’ just exudes slick and smooth with all elements well oiled, well drilled and combining so well. That is the reoccurring theme of the album really. It’s so well delivered and structured in delivering timeless familiarity that just hangs on every hook if can. Of course it isn’t innovative or offering up a new way, but to put it simply they are very talented musicians delivering music swiftly and with ease.

Images from purerocknews.com 

The Fruitful Earth – Rising Suns = 7.5/10

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