Doug Walker - The Mystery

Overall the record finds itself on unsteady ground between Take That and indie rock, and truth be told, they would be best to ditch the latter.

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Released 3 Mar 2008 | | By Samuel Duke | Rating: 3
Doug Walker - The Mystery

'The Mystery' starts off sounding like a terrace football chant, all clapping and mildly aggressive male voices singing in unison. This however is a misleading start for what is in essence a piano ballad. The verses consist of sparse chords and Walker's pining vocal, which in both style and tone has something of Gary Barlow about it. The emotion is gradually built up throughout and by the pre-chorus the audience is primed and ready for take-off.

Unfortunately it is during the chorus that the record stumbles. The feeling of lift generated in the verses is suddenly grounded by pounding drums and the return of the football choir. This is no bad thing in itself, but when placed in context, it gives the impression that the band is taking leaps into the air but not quite taking flight. Overall the record finds itself on unsteady ground between Take That and indie rock, and truth be told, they would be best to ditch the latter.