Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Hercules And Love Affair - Blue Songs

Release Date: Out Now!

Andy Butler is back with a new line up and a new label for Hercules And Love Affair’s second album Blue Songs. The only other member of the previous line up to remain is DJ Kim Ann Foxman, new members include singers Aerea Negrot and Shaun Wright and producer Mark Pistel. The album also features a guest appearance from Kele Okereke on the track Step Up.

The first self titled album Hercules And Love Affair was very well received by critics and was a breath of fresh air in the dance genre so the followup album was always going to be difficult, in-light of the previous’ success. Blue Songs has moved away from the rich disco/house sounds of the first album and more towards the sounds of late 80’s house. The house genre is explored and brought right up to date with the signature Hercules And Love Affair flair. The album is in no way as breakthrough as the first and at times feels a bit inconsistent with itself, especially the middle section of the album, but in my opinion, this is still a very good album and certainly any worries over the ‘difficult’ second album are forgotten. Well worth a listen.

Painted Eyes - Blue Songs:

Blue Songs is available to download here.

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