Mike Bones - What I Have Left

The culmination of all the elements presents an emotive, cinematic and rare moment of easy listening.

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Released 27 Jan 2009 | | By Martin Guttridge-Hewitt | Rating: 3
Mike Bones - What I Have Left

In a way that good music should, Mike Bones' latest grows and growls, hums and swoons from nothing, into something. That something really isn't that special, but at the same time stands out like a diamond in the rough. Or perhaps a sore thumb. It's the subtle focus on the simple and yet vital piano and the threateningly subdued guitar that raise this above a number of his contemporaries' work.

With vocals that should be easier on the ear there's a lot not to like. But the culmination of all the elements presents an emotive, cinematic and rare moment of easy listening that is as throwaway as it is in HMV's Easy Listening section.