Morel* ‎– The Death Of The Paperboy

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Outsider Music ‎– OM-022008
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scoundrel

scoundrel

January 4, 2014

Morel continues in more of singer-songwriter vein on THE DEATH OF THE PAPERBOY, with some 4AD-esque shoegazing on "Flawed" and "Falling Off the Verge," while the title track keeps in more in line with more traditional rock. And, unfortunately, the rock as a whole is a bit dull, despite Morel's baritone. Even the ballad of "The Start is the End" doesn't do much, though "Nova" has more soul, partially thanks to the slide guitar. The second disc, however, brings the beat back, with a series of remixes from Morel's alter ego, Pink Noise, and it's here that Morel finds his footing from the summery "Sweet Thing" to the deeper, melodic "A Boy's Reverie" with its disco guitar stab. Most of the tracks segue into on another for a nice flow. "Shoegazer Disco" keeps a steady rhythm with some dreaminess in its piano chords, though "Nova" sounds oddly bland. "Flawed" ends the album perhaps where it should have begun: with some nice, if unremarkable house.