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David Messier - Time Bomb (Self Release)

Star rating: 
4

This impressive second offering from Austin-based singer songwriter David Messier has a certain urgency about it as the title suggests, with eleven strong and highly melodic songs, not least the opening track. Television is Better Than Love, boldly asserts that this is indeed so, especially in the current Television Age, a thought we should perhaps consider as we rush back to our respective sofas in order to catch episode five in our latest gripping box set. Better than love? - perhaps David Messier has a point. 

There's a certain confidence in the writing here, as well as in the arrangements, performances and delivery, which is all the more remarkable in that it took just 22 days for Messier to write and record the album. Well-produced and maintaining a pop/rock sensibility throughout, TIME BOMB is what we like to refer to as a 'grower' and after just a couple of play-throughs, the songs become quite familiar, even the adventurous title song, a multi-layered, multiple-key opus of considerable complexity, yet completely listenable, not unlike some of Jeff Lynne's arrangements for ELO. 

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky