Distant Light Shines Brightly. Alex Lloyd. Heaven II. [review]
Bramwell, Murray Ross
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The Heaven set strongly favours the new CD. The title track, Distant Light follows, with Felix Bloxsom’s choppy drum intro curving into those close vocal harmonies - it won’t be long, a Lennon McCartney mantra with evocations of Neil Finn in sweetest voice. This is assured melodic pop. As is Green, one of several impeccable singles from Lloyd’s previous album Watching Angels Mend. The new songs prevail - the memorable Chasing the Sun, Far Away and 1000 Miles. The band - Shane Nicholson on guitar, Barbara Griffin on keyboard, bassist Mike Mills and Bloxson on drums - is in great form. The arrangements are straightforward , nothing fiddly, attesting to Lloyd’s confidence in his material and its lyric strength.