Review by Eugenia Vela.
Not to take credit away from Scottish wonderband Broken Records, but while listening to the first track from their new album, Let Me Come Home, it was producer Tony Doogan I most thought of. The man behind projects from Belle and Sebastian, Superfurry Animals and Teenage Fanclub has been gathering up talent like very few do. Now he’s helped produce Let Me Come Home in his Glasgow studio and one’s got to wonder…is the beauty in the album thanks to Broken Records, or to one hell of a producer?
But as the album went on, I stopped thinking about Doogan and focused instead on the wonderful dramatics of Home. Impressively strong from start to finish, this is a 10-track collection of romance, hope, and overwhelming emotion. Straying away from the traditional, Broken Records has put together songs with the intriguing qualities of the violin, trumpets, and percussion that make your heart beat with the gorgeous stories frontman Jamie Sutherland serenades us with.
It’s hard to pick favorites from an album like Let Me Come Home. Whether it’s the more classic rock and roll of “You Know You’re Not Dead” or the powerful ballad “Dia dos Namorados!” listeners will embrace each track like installments of a modern-day opera.
Broken Records has succeeded in creating a true collaboration of skills and strengths, because Let Me Come Home’s greatest distinction is that one can’t truly pick it apart. The record works as a whole. The violin in the starting minute of “A Darkness Rises Up” wouldn’t be as thrilling without the lyrics, without the thundering drums or the dramatic start to the next song (“Aliene”) that keeps us jittering with excitement.
Let Me Come Home’s only bump is a tiny one. One wouldn’t even bother to point it out if the rest of the album weren’t as good as it is. “Home,” the final track, is a beauty—sweet and hopeful, but altogether weak compared to the rest of the collection. It’s predictable, unlike everything else Broken Records has given us, and it’s the only track many other bands could’ve come up with. But this small critique just goes to show how wonderfully enhancing Let Me Come Home is—they’ve raised the bar so high let’s just hope they don’t trip after this.
Watch the video for “A Darkness Rises Up” off of Let Me Come Home here:
Rating: 9 of 10.