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Album Review

Informed by the breakup — both professional and personal — of Bob Wratten and Annemari Davies, the gossamer Her Handwriting is heartbreakingly delicate and forlorn; few artists bare their souls quite so beautifully as Wratten, and the 14 tracks which make up Trembling Blue Stars' debut rank among his most sublime to date, shards of melancholia made smooth with dreamy guitars and a hint of ambient atmosphere. Crafted in collaboration with ex-St. Etienne arranger Ian Catt, the album possesses a stately elegance which allows Wratten to dangle on the brink of romantic despair but never allows him or his songs to lose their dignity — "Abba on the Jukebox" easily captures the evocative grandeur of its title, while other highlights like "For This One" shimmer with breathtaking loveliness.

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TBS best album

The poet Shelley once wrote "Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought" and on this album, Wratten's lyrics reveal the utter heartbreak of a lost love. The melancholic "What Can I Say To Change Your Heart?" is the album's highpoint, a song that articulates to perfection the pain of still loving the one you have lost, but knowing all the while that there is no hope of ever rekindling the love that was once there. Although the sense of sadness pervades the album, as Wilfred Owen stated, "the poetry is in the pity".

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Surrey, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Named in honor of a passage from Pauline Reage's infamous novel The Story of O, the melancholy Trembling Blue Stars heralded the return of singer/songwriter Robert Wratten, best known as the frontman of the British indie pop band the Field Mice. Ostensibly a solo project with significant input from producer Ian Catt, Trembling Blue Stars originally emerged in the wake of the dissolution of Northern Picture Library, the project Wratten mounted after the demise of the Field Mice with then-girlfriend...
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