Following The View’s huge success Hats off to the Buskers, their succeeding album Which Bitch? both sold poorly whilst receiving general critical acclaim. Albeit the inevitable comparisons with their first album hindered any praise the second album probably deserved more of, there is no doubt Which Bitch? was not The View at their full potential. Bread and Circuses is.
Kyle Falconer’s soulful, untamed voice remains as alluring as ever, whilst his street-smart, witty lyrics continue in similar manner since their first appearance. ‘Girl’ epitomises the band, they open with a short piano piece before breaking into the anthemic guitar work we have seen before from Peter Reilly. The opening verse features the line “well she seems nice, for a blind man with a drink,” I’m glad to say this is a continuing feature throughout the album.
Following ‘Girl’ comes ‘Life’ which is the standout track on the album in my opinion. It is iconic, the same piece of work I’d find myself singing at 5am on the walk home in the same manner I’ve sang ‘Wasted Little DJ’s’. It’s a hard track to stop listening to; Falconer delivers a nostalgic performance building from a restrictive, slow-paced beginning to passionate conclusion as he’s done so well previously and will continue to do. Their talent as a band is unquestionable.
If you’re a fan of The View, give Bread and Circuses a listen. Also, if you’re not a fan of The View give Bread and Circuses a listen, you won’t regret it.
From James Finney.