Whitemoor – Pause and Effect (Album Review)

Five years of hard work and Derby based WhiteMoor are still somewhat of a niche band.  Having a dedicated fan base and a back catalogue is one thing but surely all bands crave success, respect and even such mundane things as money,

Whitemoor released “Pause and Effect”; which is their third studio album and promises a darker, heavier tone than previous efforts.  The five piece act deliver a collection of catchy and polished indie-rock songs.

Its somewhat heart warming to hear a band whose musical roots are so clearly in the indies.  With a vocalist who sounds a tiny bit like Kelly Jones from Stereophonics (and occasionally has a lick of Noel Gallagher in his growly voice) and musicianship that is swaggering but not cocksure.

The album breezes by and is an easy listen with nothing that jars and it’s clear that the music comes naturally to these guys now.  There’s a touch of Foo Fighters to the big brash soundscapes in Dark Sparks but they don’t quite have the massive guitar work of the Foo’s.

The gloomy echoing “Ghosts” sounds like something that A Perfect Circle would toy with before trying again.  Some may see that as a compliment but as APC are already “Tool” light, it’s a mixed blessing.

Be The Last is an upbeat, up-tempo track with a nice tidy percussion beat to it.  A Cage for the Animals takes a much brassier tone with a bit of Oasis like snarls and curls, a track that has a bit of a sneer to it and Barrington’s vocals suit this sort of thing much more.

The neat, accomplished and somewhat operatic Hollywood is a nice piece of music.  Sleazy tones build up to a faster tempo and the classic structure of an indie pop song emerges.  The much darker, slower Masquerade again sounds a little like Oasis, with the vocal tone taking a few nice little snarls.  The music too takes a confident turn, especially around the shimmering chorus lines.

Only Human is a much slower, introspective piece of music and is there perhaps to showcase the bands range.  But this track lacks the growling confidence of the other tracks.  It’s got some nice moments and the chorus is a bit anthemic but lacks the gravitas to truly be the “A” word.

However the bland love song “She Makes Me Fly” makes Only Human seem like a song by Godspeed.  She Makes Me Fly just has nothing to say, though it does say it nicely enough.  Until Tomorrow nails the anthemic thing a bit more, with a bit more swagger, a bit more verve to it and closes things out quite nicely.

Whitemoor’s album is a good effort and a solid indie rock album full of interesting, well crafted songs and, as with many albums, a few tracks that are totally forgettable.  Will they have enough to make it and be noticed?  That remains to be seen.  Pause and Effect is worth a listen or two.  But if you’re not in love by the third or fourth time round, I’m not sure you ever will be