Album review: Sleepy SAYBIA – 3 stars

It’s been eight year, since the Danish Saybia released a new studio album. And if they have used all that time to find inspiration, they could easily have taken eight more.

“No Sound From the Outside” is not a bad album. It’s just pretty anonymous mid tempo rock. And you have to look long, and listen repeatedly to find an inspiring text or a memorable melody.

The album begins sensibly enough with a song that has both.

“Airplanes And Submarines” is Saybia, as we remember them from the great period and their previous and magnificent album “Eyes on the High-way”‘: melodic, atmospheric and alluring.

In the shadow of the idols

The pleasure is unfortunately short. The squeegee title track that follows, lives in the shadow of both Pink Floyd and Coldplay. The intentions and the craftsmanship is in order, but unfortunately never reach the idols to their knees.

And though Søren Huss still is one of our most talented poets, his new English lyrics lacks necessity and passion.

And you unfortunately believe a little too much on him, when he in “It’s About Time” sings: “Somedays I work hard, somedays I do not”.

Turns on the idea

“It’s About Time” is ironically another of the album’s stronger tracks.

Saybia here – exceptionally – sounds like they even turn on the idea of ​​another Saybia album.

I can’t explain why drummer Palle Sørensen both here, and in several other songs tries to sound like a rhythm box from the 80s. But instead of strengthening the expression, I think it distracts.

And the album’s perhaps hardest song ‘One Minute Man’, where Pelle again plays in his own direction, and sounds like something, that not even A-ha would touch in an uninspired moment.

Fortunately, there are other good tracks on “No Sound From the Outside”. It’s clear on “Paralyzed” that we are listening to a band that has played together for several decades. And the Beatles-like “I’m Still Waiting”, which ends the album session, is superbly built around the albums perhaps strongest melody.

Saybia, ‘No Sound From the Outside’, three out of six stars, is published today.

Rating:

3 out of 6 stars

Author:

Henning Høeg, BT on October 2nd 2015

Original Danish version:

Nyt album, Søvnige Saybia – Tre stjerner

Det er otte år siden, danske Saybia har udgivet et nyt studialbum. Og hvis de har brugt al den tid til at samle inspiration, så kunne de snildt have taget otte mere.

Således er ’No Sound From the Outside’ ikke noget dårligt album. Det er bare en temmelig anonym omgang midtempo-rock. Og man skal lede længe og lytte flere gange for at finde en inspireret tekstbid eller en mindeværdig melodistump.

Albummet indledes fornuftigt nok med en sang, der har begge dele.

Således er ’Airplanes And Submarines’ Saybia, som vi husker dem fra storhedstiden og deres forrige og storslåede album ’Eyes on the High-way’: melodiøse, stemningsmættede og dragende.

I skyggen af forbillederne

Men den fornøjelse er desværre kort. Således dvasker titelnummeret, der følger, derudad i skyggen af både Pink Floyd og Coldplay. Intentionerne og håndværket er i orden. Men desværre nås forbillederne aldrig til knæene.

Og selvom Søren Huss stadig er én af vores mest kompetente lyrikere, så emmer hans nye engelske tekster ikke ligefrem af nødvendighed eller passion.

Og man tror desværre lidt for meget på ham, når han i ’It’s About Time’ synger: ’Somedays I work hard, somedays I don’t’.

Tænder på ideen

Ironisk nok er ’It’s About Time’ endnu et af albummets stærkere track.

Undtagelsesvis lyder Saybia her som om, de også selv tænder på ideen om endnu et Saybia-album.

Jeg skal ikke kunne forklare, hvorfor trommeslager Pelle Sørensen både her og på flere andre sange forsøger at lyde som en rytmeboks fra 80erne. Men i stedet for at styrke udtrykket virker det efter min mening distraherende. Og albummets måske svageste sang ’One Minute Man’, hvor Pelle igen høvler af sted ude på noget, der mest af alt virker som hans helt eget sidespor, lyder som noget, A-ha ikke engang ville røre ved i et uinspireret øjeblik.

Heldigvis er der andre gode indslag på ’No Sound From the Outside’. Således er det på ’Paralyzed’ tydeligt, at vi her lytter til et band, der har spillet sammen i flere årtier. Og den Beatles-agtige ’I’m Still Waiting’, der afslutter seancen, er flot bygget op omkring albummets måske stærkeste melodi.

Saybia, ’No Sound From the Outside’, tre ud af seks stjerner,  Udkommer i dag.

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