Album Review – Uncommon Weather by the Reds, Pinks and Purples (2021) (Slumberland Records and Tough Love Records)
If I start off by saying Glenn Donaldson‘s, The Reds, Pinks and Purples project, could pass wind in a bottle and still entice me to buy the recording, then at least I have given you forewarning of the gushing fanboy that awaits in the following paragraphs.
For Uncommon Weather is perhaps ‘the album’, out of the three released so far, that really reveals the key to the omnipresent sense of beguiling as the totally enchanting vocal delivery, that simply captivates with every listen.
Best seen in the most stripped down of the tracks, I Hope I Never Fall In Love, A Kick In The Face (That’s Life) and Uncommon Weather invite extra attention to the perfect mixture of controlled deliberation and subtle production distortion within Donaldson’s intense vocals, via their uncluttered, faux twee-pop propensities.
With such galvanic vocals omnipotent, the aesthetic is also augmented by the hissing fuzz-pop of tracks like Don’t Ever Pray In The Churchon my Street and The Record Player and the Damage Done, which add slight tinges of acid to the general sweetness, with hazy cinematics.
However, we follow The Reds, Pinks and Purples for the promise of it’s shimmering jangle and this album is typically abundant, with I Wouldn’t Die for Anyone, I’m Sorry About Your Life, Pictures of the World and Sympathetic, just about wrestling the ‘jangle crown’ away from the stiff competition posed by their previous two albums.
The beauty of this Donaldson project, is that its revel in the prolific and usually releases a dozen of so digital singles and / or EP’s between every album/vinyl release. However, whilst many bands suffer from a sense of uniformity when releasing so frequently, The Reds, Pinks and Purples just seem to find a mystery higher gear with every release!