Norway - Full Moon 102 - 01/25/05
The Kids Are On High Street
This new promotional CD single release from Madrugada is a taster from
The Deep End, their soon to be released new album. It contains two
versions of "The Kids Are On High Street" - the album version, and a slightly
shorter radio edit version, leaving out some guitar soloing towards the end.
This is a slow, beautiful song, like Madrugada always have been capable of producing,
but Høyem is singing with more urgency and intensity
than before, possibly because his voice has adopted a vibrato quality in the direction
of Michael Stipe. The R.E.M. comparisons are unaviodable, and the simple but emotionally rich guitar chorus
definitely has a Knopfleresque ring to it. Fans that reject such mainstream reference points should not worry though,
because most of all this song is highlighting the much appreciated Madrugada melancholy that we have learned to love
from day one. Are we looking forward to the new album? Yes!
Copyright © 2005 Knut Tore Breivik