Magic!

"Primary Colours"

((Sony)); (Pop/Reggae)

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Some albums pose serious questions, others push boundaries, while some, like this magical upbeat singalongathon, are simply made to be enjoyed.

And though the choruses and melodies are painted with bold brushstrokes, there’s plenty of detail in the construct, which makes this album a notch above your standard ear candy.

It takes about 20 seconds for the band to reveal their mission statement as the album opener, Have It All, indeed has it all, with its crisp single string guitar riff, harmonies rising up like a block of flats, a lead vocal with enough rasp to suggest a beach holiday stubble, a bass that pulls you up and down like a bungee rope, and a chorus that just won’t leave the room.

Then it’s straight into the perfect acappella intro to Lay It Down Easy to introduce the Bacardi ad groove of the impatiently arriving rhythm section. Ah, this is good time music indeed - you can almost smell the suntan lotion.

An album that jumps aboard the melody bus and doesn’t let you off till the final destination, Primary Colours is attractive, fun, and cleverly addictive.

There’s a clear ‘80s reggae pop influence which occasionally comes through a bit too starkly, with Sting’s lawyers possibly taking a close look at Gloria, but for those of you who grew up listening to those sounds, this ain’t necessarily such a bad thing.

Nicely balanced with a couple of lovely ballads in No Regrets and I Need You, this is topnotch pop that’s instantly likeable and a heck of a lot of fun.

Enjoy!

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.