Great Albums: Cosmic Rough Riders - "Too Close To See Far", 2003 Measured Records LP

While doing a quick bit of research on this album I came across a 2003 review in THE GUARDIAN which gives this a paltry 2 out of 5 potential stars. According to the reviewer the songs are too samey and the lead singer has an indistinct voice. This is complete nonsense. This classic album - while pretty obscure - deserves far wider recognition. The songs (all 14 of them!) are of equal high standard and the aforementioned vocals are warm, soulful and beautiful.
The gorgeous JUSTIFY THE RAIN, an understandable Scottish lament to the weather, kicks off side one and sets the template for the rest of the album. This is a gorgeous concoction of well crafted, melodic tunes filled with lush harmonies as well as the obligatory 12-string guitars that gets better with every listen. Side two shows off another bona-fide Pop gem in the melancholy power of STUPID YOU which reminds you of TEENAGE FANCLUB, another great Scottish band that share the same tastes for song structure and melody as COSMIC ROUGH RIDERS. I would give this at least 4 stars out of 5 if I was in a fairly critical state of mind but 10 out of 10 for pure listening pleasure!

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