ALBUM REVIEW: Loren Scott “The Full Clown Service”

Label: Raising Agent
Release Date: 01.06.2010

There is no doubt in my mind when I say that South London based singer/songwriter Loren Scott is a fan of the Doves. This is no bad thing when it comes to his second record “The Full Clown Service”. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a raspy rich voice, Loren Scott is Doves at their up tempo peak.

Scott’s stomping attitude resounds through the record, only relenting pace occasionally. Clocking in at just over six minutes, the almost instrumental “London Fields” is a perfect album mid-point. Whilst on many records the nod to a Beauty spot might have seemed indulgent, with Scott it is formed of sheer enjoyment.

In stark contrast, “Sunday (Seemed A Good Idea)” fails in the same approach. Whilst vocalizing her emotions Scott manages to miss the target. Though her approach seems genuine, something in her sorrowful delivery does not ring true and in this failure she creates the album’s weak point.

By tuning into the Morcheeba within, Scott proves that a repeated refrain can have maximum impact. Though possibly not the album’s strongest song either lyrically or musically, I guarantee that “So Many Reasons” will be the one that gets stuck in your head.

“The Full Clown Service” is not without flaws but the pros more than outweigh the cons. Loren Scott is an effortless talent and though her influences are fairly apparent, she has enough about him to be a stand alone talent. Overall, “The Full Clown Service” is well worth a listen.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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