THE SILENCERS

(UNITED KINGDOM)

SILENT HIGHWAY

(2023)
LABEL:

WAGRAM

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
80's, Acoustic, Female vocals, Folk, Melancholic
"Back with "Silent Highway", The Silencers offer a pop-rock-folk record full of irresistible melodies."
CALGEPO (29.09.2023)  
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Although the pandemic sounded the death knell for several bands, it sometimes had the merit of awakening some who drew from this situation the reasons for a timely comeback. A case in point is The Silencers, who hadn't produced a studio album in 19 years, with "Come" dating back to 2004. "Silent Highway" sees Jimme O'Neill's band back in business. 

The band has consistently delivered polished albums where melody and classy arrangements are given pride of place. Born of this desire not to remain silent any longer, Jimme wanted to deliver a new album haloed by a rather positive and warm color contrasting with the current era which tends to mope. Far from the current slump, the deceptively light music, made up of folk, rock and sometimes synth pop ('67 Overdrive'), provides a welcome burst of optimism.

It's all in the details, starting with the cover, which features a black highway tracing a path bordered by a colorful back, suggesting that, if we look around us, all may not be as bleak as we'd like to think. But it's mainly thanks to the arrangements of the melodies, quite typical of the 80's - early 90's, that this positive feeling resides. Conceived as a callback to "A Letter From St Paul", "Silent Highway" is nostalgic without being passé. 'On High', for example, recalls the band's origins, with its stripped-down, acoustic sound suggesting the wide open spaces of the Scottish moors.

The songs are mainly pop and catchy but The Silencers go much further, opening up their horizons to country, a genre that has always accompanied them (the sublime 'Silent Highway'), or even to long developments (the progressive 'Windswept Girl', with its magnificent guitar solo and surprisingly atmospheric ending). The band even tries their hand at electro on the highly successful and modern 'What Inna Name', or even minimalism on 'Torchsong', where the piano takes the lion's share of the spotlight on a very moving track.

"Silent Highway" once again proves The Silencers' talent for delivering musical nuggets that are hard to resist. A jewel of sophisticated melodies that linger in the mind, a little like Tears For Fears, Paul Simon or The Beatles, this new album is one of this year's finest pop-rock-folk releases, not to be missed.
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
THE BEATLES, U2, TEARS FOR FEARS

TRACK LISTING:
01. 67 Overdrive
02. Western Swing
03. Whistleblower
04. On High
05. Sunnyside
06. Silent Highway
07. Rabbit
08. Windswept Girl
09. Whats Inna Name
10. On Ma Mind
11. Bringing Up the Young
12. Torchsong

LINEUP:
Aura O'neill: Chant
Baptiste Brondy: Batterie
James O'neill: Chant / Guitares
Jimme O'neill: Chant / Guitares
Steph Greer: Basse
   
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TONYB
29/09/2023
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Un pur bonheur que de retrouver ce groupe si attachant ! Et quand le retour est réussi, il ne faut surtout pas s'en priver
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