Monday, October 24, 2016

Song(s) of the Day # 1,009 Geneva

The years from 1997 to 2000 were something of a lull musically here as far as I remember. With Brit Pop dead on the vine, a whole raft of dourer bands took centre stage in the UK, Radiohead and The Verve most particularly. While both bands certainly had their own merits, they presided over a short era where the perspective was greyer, more introverted and with a narrower vision than the one that had preceded it. groups like The Stereophonics, Travis and Coldplay with a muddier perspective crowded into the charts. It was a holding operation.

Geneva were briefly almost in the spotlight during these years and offered something slightly different. Hailing from Aberdeen and chiefly notable for their lead vocalist Andrew Montgomery, who possessed at least some of the choir boy range of Jeff Buckley, their debut album Further had a few moments of promise that they never fully realised. Here were two. They were at their best when they let Montgomery cut himself adrift from his moorings and appear, for the course of individual songs, to fly.

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