When first listening to The Cellophane Flowers album Staring at the World the unique sound can just be imagined to be placed at number one in today’s charts, with all of the different sounding songs out there which manage to make it to number one, you can easily imagine songs such as Voices and The Promise being heard on the radio daily! Though I must admit, it does seem to be like background music to my ears, you can be sitting there for ages with the album playing in the background without even realising that the whole album has just been played. Now I don’t know if you will see this as a good or bad thing, but either way, I am happy with the bands performance on this album.
The female vocals go perfectly with the sound from the instruments, which easily make every song by this band great to listen to. I find the songs are so easy to “bob” your head to, with chords being so easily memorable and the songs being so catchy. But let’s not forget the drums! When you’re not bobbing your head to their music, you will be finger tapping away to the talented drumming of Nick Guy, which sometimes sounds slightly tribal, which seems to be a very effective addition to the exceptional tracks.
One of the first things that caught my attention when listening to the album was that they sound like a slightly toned down version of Florence and The Machine, with their song Breaking Down recently being played a lot, that is what caught my attention the most. I found that the “moaning” vocals during Breaking Down sounded very similar to the singing of The Cellophane Flowers front lady Francesca Corradini. Though for you people out there who aren’t fans of Florence and the Machine, do not be swayed by this review because they do still have their unique sound to them!
To wrap this up, I’d like to say that for someone who doesn’t particularly listen to this genre of music, I must say that I was enticed by it. If you are looking for a new, quirky sound for your ever growing playlist, I recommend not the whole album, but most definitely “Voices”, “The Promise” and “Belinda” which I found has a moment in which it sounds quite ‘Grunge-y’, which I loved.
It is not the perfect album, but for people who love this genre of music I would say go for it! What do you have to lose? As I have already mentioned above, a few of the songs are golden and definitely worth a listen.
Words: Sam Gardiner