My first memory of The Proclaimers was when I was at school and a friend
looked like the missing member of the band looking so similar to twins
Craig and Charlie Reid and the majority of the school chanted the lyrics
to 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)' to him like cruel kids do, many years on
and the lyrics to 'Im Gonna Be (500 Miles) are still jammed in my head
for two reasons, the first being that the song is the only Proclaimers
song that I have listened to (well until now) and the second reason being
that the song seems to of been re-released many times with the ever so
recent comic relief version of the song being extremely successful.
The Proclaimers are now back with 'Life With You' which happens to be
their seventh studio album which is their first album in two years, the
album features 13 tracks and also a bonus cd that features 7 songs that
were recorded live when the band played in Glasgow on New Years Eve back
in 2003 and finishes with a couple of acoustic bonus tracks.
I didn’t really know what to expect from 'Life With You' as I have
never really took time to listen to The Proclaimers but in all fairness
the album is quite a easy listening, toe tapping sing a long album with
many uplifting moments and only a few depressing moments.
The album opens up with the title track 'Life With You' and as soon as
the song starts I feel like the band are going to break into 'I'm Gonna
Be (500 Miles)' as the guitar chord is pretty similar and so are the vocals,
but to my surprise the song ends up being totally different and is one
of the most upbeat songs on the album with an extremely sing a long feel,
the song also has quite a mature theme about spending your life with someone
and not being lonely. 'In Recognition' is a song that you will find yourself
tapping your toe along to without even thinking about it, the lyrics within
the song are quite simple but quite clever at the same time. 'New Religion'
starts off sounding like you are at the start off church service with
its church style introduction, and then ends up being a really good sing
a long song that takes no effort at all to get into as the bands music
is such easy listening and enjoyable.
'S-O-R-R-Y' is quite a mellow yet emotional sounding track and is a track
that deals with the issue of the war in Iraq and states that sorry is
one of the hardest words to use despite being just 5 letters and so simple.
Throughout the whole of the album you can tell that The Proclaimers are
quite serious musicians who write both fun sounding songs and deep and
meaningful emotional sounding songs and to be honest I didn’t think
I was going to like this album but have found it quite an enjoyable experience.
'Life With You' is not going to appeal to everyone but if you listen to
the album with an open mind then you are bound to find some enjoyment
out of the album, I did and I thoroughly enjoyed the album, it’s
not an album that is going to sit in my cd player for weeks on end but
is the kind of album that I will revisit every now and again when I want
a change in music.
Review by Trigger