Album Review
The Proclaimers - Life With YouThe Proclaimers - Life With You

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

 Band Members
The Proclaimers - Band
Charlie Reid
Craig Reid
 Track Listing
1. Holy Roller
2. Day Of The Dog
4. Americana
5. Weight Of The World
6. Cancer
7. Hellbent (On War)
8. No Love
9. Venom And Tears
10. I'll Never Die A Poisoned Death
11. I
12. Suicide
13. Godspeed
14. Propaganda
 Band Related Links
The Proclaimers Myspace
The Proclaimers Official Website
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?