While taken alone elements like the vocals, the lyrics, and indeed even the writing itself, aren’t consistently out of this world, somehow everything still knits together perfectly. At times this sound hints at a chamber pop Spiritualized, at others a more grounded ‘Deserter’s Songs’, perhaps mixed with some of the conversational hangdog wisdom of the recent Michael Head album.
The song writing peaks on three or four songs, particularly the moment of clarity epiphany that is ‘This Can’t Go On’ and the curtain closing weepy ‘Thankfully for Anthony’, while elsewhere the material mostly serves the themes and atmosphere of the album while not standing out too much melodically (even despite employing child choirs on a number of tracks).
The album title invites us to take stock, say cheers and celebrate our good health - despite everything. So let’s do that 🍻