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Previously named Dark Captain, Light Captain, East London’s Dark Captain lost half of its moniker but gained three members before recording a stunningly beautiful sophomore album of atmospheric folk-based songs bound by flawless three-part vocal harmonies. “Submarines” introduces Dead Legs & Alibis with acoustic guitars and electric six-string arpeggios playing under pedaling rhythms, while whisper-sung lyrics hang over muted piano parts. Ambient windchimes glisten and sparkle alongside acoustic fingerpicking, giving “Long Distance Driver” a melancholic, rainy-day beauty before beats fall like hail. Throughout Dead Legs & Alibis, Dan Carney’s feathery vocals recall those of Slowdive’s Neil Halstead, especially in the moody “Fade,” where the chorus harmonies come together like a shoegaze-era Simon & Garfunkel. The livelier “Different & Easier” works in baroque-pop instrumentation with what sounds like a French horn playing under piano and jazz-shuffled drums. The similarly buoyant “80,000 Reasons” is built on a kinetic framework of bouncing rhythms.

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dead legs and alibis

love love love this band. truely one of the few groups that dont know how to make a bad song. just like their previous albums, this one is beautiful from start to finish; no need to sample each track before purchasing, they all flow together in such a mellow, harmonic way that youll end up wanting them all. wonderful album, still cant pick a favorite...



Only four stars???

At the time of this review, this album has a four star rating, which I find appalling.

This album is consistent with the style of their previous album Miracle Kicker, but it incorporates a lot more atmosphere and other instruments to the acoustic guitars. It is a fantastic sophomore album! Here's why:

First, the album is composed in a manner where it is and should be played from start to finish. It is not an album of eleven songs, but a story comprised of eleven chapters, each flowing magnificently to the next.

Second, the creative and technical abilities that Dark Captain demonstrates is leagues above most published music. There is not an emphasis on one instrument, but rather a synthesis of voice, instrument, and rhythm which is also rare in music these days.

Third, the mixing is fantastic. Everything is well balanced, and accommodating for a good relaxing time.

Music this inspiring really doesn't come around very often. Take some time to listen closely to all the elements of what was put into each song, and you'll soon see that these guys did a tremendous job. Dark Captain has mastered the synthesis of creativity, technique, and soul in this album and for this reason I wrote this review.

Dead Legs & Alibis (Deluxe Edition), Dark Captain
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