REVIEW: ‘Most Of Us Are Strangers’ – Seafret

Seafret – “Most Of Us Are Strangers”

Well, it’s taken four years but finally Seafret have released their second long player, “Most Of Us Are Strangers”. And we’ve already had a good taster of the album with five tracks that have already been released including the sublime “Loving You“, the epic “Fall” and the electric “Magnetic“, not to mention the title track itself and “Love Won’t Let Me Leave“. So what else is left on this sophomore collection, the follow up to 2016’s “Tell Me It’s Real”? The album kicks off with the aforementioned and title track and is quickly followed by the superb “Be My Queen”, showing how far Jack and Harry have come as songwriters since their debut. The confidence and exuberance really show with this fantastic track, and as they say themselves, “we can rule the world”. With songs of quality like “Be My Queen”, they certainly can. Watch out Take That!

“Who Do We Stay?” is a beautiful acoustic harmony that brings back memories of the magnificent “Breathe”. Thought provoking and understated, the song is a perfect lead for the track, that is for me, the standout of this album, “Fall“. Ever since the song was released last year, “Fall”, with its torrid video, is arguably Seafret’s most ambitious recording yet. Deserving of all the adulation of any top chart hit. This is a track that I feel has yet to come to the fore and be truly appreciated by the masses. The upbeat and crowd pleasing “Magnetic” soon follows and it’s easy to see how this one is going to work so well on tour and to larger crowds (I’m hoping to see Seafret in festival line ups very soon!). Back to basics once again with “Girl I Wish I Didn’t Know”, set against a completely stripped backdrop and in sombre mood, it’s one of those songs that make you stop and really listen.

The already released “Love Won’t Let Me Leave” raises the positivity bar once more as the boys celebrate love and meeting that special someone while the next two tracks from the “Monsters” EP that was released, amazingly, over a year ago now. Both the title track and “Can’t Look Away” are included here, just in case anyone didn’t buy them when originally released, and they fit in well with more newer surroundings. “Lie To Me” is yet another example of how less is more and yet again demonstrates how far the boys have really come since “Tell Me It’s Real”. The gorgeous ballad “Loving You” is up next with such sweet and heartfelt words and vocals that make this such a classic already. “Most Of Us Are Strangers” concludes with another outstanding number, “Unbreakable”. This is a real call to all to join them with every “ahh oooh oooh” that is a big feature of this song. Like “Magnetic”, this is one that will play well live and gain audience participation, and quite rightly so.

Well Jack and Harry have finally delivered and what a superb collection of new and already well established tunes for us to become familiar with and learn. They have matured greatly in the four years since their opening collection, although the style and music content is so often just the same. It would be very foolhardy to describe “Most Of Us Are Strangers” as simply a follow on from “Tell Me It’s Real”, but the standard and quality are ever more refined and toned with this new collection, particularly when you add such gloriously wonderful songs like “Fall“, “Be My Queen” and “Unbreakable” into the mix. This album will, I hope, take Seafret‘s standing in the current music world that much higher and reach the audience they so deserve. This is real British music talent at its very best and there just isn’t any one singer or group that are currently delivering quality songs like this. And perhaps that’s why it’s best to leave it a good while between albums. Would Seafret still sound spot on if they recorded every year or two? Somehow, I think not. Welcome back boys.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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