Words: Kieran Toms
The Candle Thieves - 'Sunshines And Other Misfortunes'
"It won’t change your life, but it’s certainly a jolly nice listen."
When you first hear this band, you go through a process well described by The Guardian's Dave Simpson. The Candle Thieves, a two piece hailing from Peterborough, are rather sickly-sweet, but you soon realise that they are also possessed of something else a little more important - a set of very good songs.
In the past few days, where I live at least, it feels like winter has truly finished, and that summer is not far off. And so this rather summery album seemed a good fit for a relaxed stroll through a lovely bit forest the other day.
Sure, the album is very saccharine indeed in parts, and is perhaps a little too long, and there is a ridiculous key change in 'My Little Room', and the relentless schmaltz can jar slightly, particularly they try to be a bit too heartfelt. Perhaps in the gloomy depths of winter such sentimentality might rankle,
But at the moment, on the cusp of summer, with the sun shining, it just about works, particularly on tracks like 'Bright Lights'. It won’t change your life, but it’s certainly a jolly nice listen.
Buy 'Sunshines And Other Misfortunes' over at The Candle Thieves' website now.
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