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Album Review

The South have been kicking around the U.K. scene for quite a few years now, their advance somewhat slowed by label difficulties. Invariably the band's sound has shifted a bit over time, but that's no bad thing, especially as it's eventually led them to the splendid You Are Here, their fifth album. For fans, this set will come as a bit of a shocker after its heavily electronic predecessor, Adventures in the Underground Journey to the Stars. The change is evident from the pomp rock opening track "Wasted." There are even bigger surprises to come, like the aggressive, flamenco tinged "Lonely Highs" or "Soul Receivers," which swings from the bruising bass driven stomp rock to lighter, brighter British Invasion. "Zither Song" is even more schizophrenic, and starts as a lullaby but ends in a bashing rock extravaganza. In contrast, "She's Half Crazy" is pure art rock, except for the guitars which twist between a Western twang and reggae rhythm, while Rob O'Neale's trumpet adds a sprinkle of soul on top. "The Pain" brilliantly bounces between reggae and British Invasion, think the Beatles plunging into syncopation. And if the Small Faces had wandered into dream pop, a song like "There Goes Your Life" would have been the result. So, the South haven't entirely deserted the dream pop world, with the delicate folk of "The Creeping," the spacy soft rock of "Opened Up," the bright yearning of "Tell Me," and the moody eloquence of "Every Light Has Blown" other reminders of the band's true roots. But for all its stylistic diversity, You Are Here is anchored by bandmember Brett Shaw's stellar production, which wraps the entire set in a sublime gauze of sound, blurring the aural edges and smoothing over sharp genre corners. Ian Brown's mentoring has paid off, and the South sound ready to take on the world.

Customer Reviews

A Complete Record

Though I have heard of the band since way way back to the Mo-Wax days, it has taken me till recently to give it the attention it deserves. I really love this album. When I put it on, I listen to the entire thing. I think is rare in an age of single MP3 downloads that really great records (like the whole thing) get produced. I also commend them for consistently trying new sounds and not re hashing the same sound. A new fav for sure!!

The Most Underrated Band

You Are Here, was worth the wait. As a sOuth fan from the first time I heard the first album, these guys get better with each record. You Are Here, has everything you expect from a sOuth record, but it isn't a replay of any of their other albums. Why these guys are the biggest band, I will never know. But selfishly, I am glad they not. Then they wouldn't be as cool. They are amazing live and you should buy this record and tell your friends.

They did it again!

Joel, Jamie and Brett just may be 3 of the most talented musician/songwriters around. You Are Here is full of solid rhythms and gorgeous melodies. The production is raw and real. The vocals and vocal melodies are outstanding throughout the entire album. 'Every Light Has Blown' is my personal favorite and is an instant classic. Check your local listings these guys are on tour, catch them if you can!


Formed: 1998 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The electronic trio South began out of a bond between friends. Joel Cadbury, Brett Shaw, and Jamie McDonald met as teenagers while attending Haverstock Secondary School in London. To beat the doldrums of working-class life, they opted to start a band. All are multi-instrumentalists -- McDonald takes on vocal duties whereas all three participate in playing guitar, bass, percussion, and keyboards. South first delved into professional music by remixing cuts, later tinkering around with Ian Brown. UNKLE's...
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