There comes a time where a young man admits that forgoing the old razor has done nothing but add 20 years to a face that has barely seen that many, and in the wake of the startling revelation that facial hair is sexy, not shaving for 2 months is the opposite, a new found maturity is born.
‘Sleep no more’ sounds like the result of a similar epiphany. Savoretti has embraced and utilized the ever-present youthful perspective but forced it through an old poet’s lexicon, refining it into an album that will give a rosy tint to a miserably grey day.
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The first thing Savoretti fans will note is that ‘Sleep no more’ is defiantly more electric based, an idea he has toyed with before, in his last album ‘Written in Scars’ with a little gem of a song called ‘Back Where I Belong’. While traditionally the shift from acoustic to electric has not been well received, for example recently with ‘Mumford and sons’, Savoretti has managed to pull it off spectacularly, but don’t cry of the death your acoustic idol as songs like ‘tight rope’ show that Savoretti has not completely retired the acoustic guitar. It is still present across a large majority of the album, but this time it is offset by peppered electric guitar parts, driving folky drum beats and of course Savoretti‘s warm, raspy vocals which bring every word to life, giving the impression that it is used out of choice, not necessity.
The expensive, big budget sound that was present on his last album, realised by BMG chrysalis, has retuned but is accompanied by the welcome knowledge of how to spend it. ‘Lullaby loving’ is a great example of this experience bearing fruit with its shining string arrangement, silky production and haunting vocals that remind everyone he is not just another pop act. Savoretti has grown and it shows. Songs like ‘We Are Bound’ and ‘Any Other Way’ have his classic sound, but they feel more refined, which sums up this entire album perfectly.
‘Sleep No More’ is a new benchmark for Savoretti, a long awaited arrival at a destination, which was not exactly what you expected, but still did not disappoint. It is a beautifully crafted collection of music.