Shearwater “The Golden Archipelago”

It is hard to write a review of this without resorting to the hyperbole. It has a late ’80s modern rock vibe, full of lush soundscapes and fanny packs. “Runners of the Sun” sounds like a Tears for Fears B-side. Most of the other tracks have rich instrumentation and, although not very adventurous, make for some easy, good-time listening.
“An Insular Life” has more of a Peter Gabriel/Sting bent, but it is still more of the detailed and flavorful music of that era. The rest of the album just kind of goes, striking a chord with some listeners, a nerve with others I am sure. It’s a faithful homage, this.

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