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Album Review

Bob Wratten is down again and he wants you to revel in it. For more than a decade Wratten and his bands like the Field Mice and Trembling Blue Stars have turned his lovesick misery into music to mope by — and Broken by Whispers is his latest paean to pain. Just look at the titles: "She Just Couldn't Stay," "Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise," "Fragile," and "I No Longer Know Anything." This is music to listen to when you're either very depressed, in order to feel the camraderie, or when you're very happy, in order to mellow out. At first, Wratten sounds like a whiner, but closer reflection reveals an astute painter of melancholic scenes. The best song, "Sometimes I Still Feel the Bruise," may leave a mark in your head for weeks.

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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