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Album Review

Cousteau's third album, and first without longtime keyboardist and primary songwriter Davey Ray Moor, deviates from the moody British chamber pop collective's previous recordings only in name. The newly minted Moreau — the result of some impenetrable legalese best left to its authors to decipher — approach the appropriately titled Nova Scotia with the confidence of a band of brothers, building off of 2002's Sirena's penchant for midtempo adult alternative rockers without sacrificing any of the sadcore backbone that made them inseparable from the Tindersticks on their self-titled debut in 2000. Vocalist Liam McKahey dutifully takes over the main songwriting duties, employing his signature baritone over crisp nightclub dirges ("Highly"), open-road epics ("Black Heart of Mine"), and even a track with handclaps ("Sadness"). There's nothing here that's going to convert the band's detractors, but for longtime fans of Cousteau, Moreau may just be the beginning of a successful evolution, not a last grasp at past glory. [Endeavor Records released Nova Scotia under the Cousteau moniker in 2005. It was released on One Little Indian in 2006 with two bonus tracks, "Nova Scotia" and "A World Away," under the newly adopted name.]

Customer Reviews

From the Depths to the Skies

Cousteau have risen above various hitches with personnel and record companies. The band has always been renowned for the singer's vocal ability. He has now revealed a further talent for songwriting and the group has moved onwards and upwards. Outstanding track Black Heart of Mine with superb guitar work. Vocal highlights Echoes, Highly and the rather lovely PIA with its multi layered vocals. Look forward to more from this group.


Formed: 1998 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Cousteau debuted in 1999 with a self-released, eponymous effort showcasing their chocolate-smooth mix of Bacharach-style songwriting with modernist flourishes of groove and electronics. The brainchild of veteran songwriter and piano man Davey Ray Moor, Cousteau also included lead vocalist Liam McKahey, guitarist Robin Brown, bassist Joe Peet (who also contributed violin), and drummer Craig Vear. The debut made quite a stir in the band's London home base, and soon the independent effort was picked...
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Nova Scotia (International Version), Cousteau
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  • £9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Alternative, Britpop
  • Released: 01 January 2005

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