Archangel - How To Lose Your Best Friend

Most biographies of Archangel point towards classic pop influences, and with 'Odysseus' there are hints of Bowie.

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Released 18 Nov 2008 | Medical Imprint | By Chris Cope | Rating: 4
Archangel - How To Lose Your Best Friend

If you're ever feeling a bit apathetic and a bit down because you're lacking creativity, then you'd be best advised not to listen to this record because it would probably only make it worse. Archangel is the offspring of Nick Webber, who devised and performed this entire debut album, and consuming this beast will probably make the best of us feel slightly useless and insignificant. Saying that, the ingenuity of this possible magnum opus-to-be deserves to be celebrated, and will be a great source of inspiration for all the power hungry solo musicians looking to take over the world.

Curiously entitled 'How To Lose Your Best Friend', this collection of 11 songs opens with the title track, whose main riff bears a near lawsuit-inducing resemblance to the Foo Fighters anthem 'Everlong'. Punchy stuff, the music sounds organic and alive, shivering with vitality, whilst 'Nervous Energy' benefits from some angular vibes a la We Are Scientists.

Most biographies of Archangel point towards classic pop influences, and with 'Odysseus' there are hints of that Bowie guy, with some nostalgic synth and backing vocals floating all over the place. Elsewhere on the album, the spunky 'Not The Man You Think I Am' and the serene 'The Bruise' impress, showing that Webber has versatility as well as impressive chops on nearly every instrument imaginable.

It would be intriguing to see this live; Webber probably wishes that he could octopus around every instrument on stage and play the songs himself, but touring members will likely be used and this might detract from this album's charm - an individualistic one which happily resonates throughout this impressive album. Just don't think about his musical fertility too much, or you might get a bit jealous.