Friend Hospital probably represents the best combination of the album’s musical and lyrical sensibilities, with the strummed guitar intro providing a compelling texture over which Caws’ can layer his lyrics, such as with the chorus: “so much better/that we’re not together/’cause I will not lose you”. With little musically
differentiating the songs, Caws’ lyrics are left to do the heavy lifting of grabbing the listener’s attention, so it is fortunate that he is an accomplished lyricist who can turn a phrase and tell a story. Believe You’re Mine, Out Of The Dark, and Animal, are prime examples of Caws’ ability to captivate the listener with lyrics tinged with a hopeful sadness.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 3rd March 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.