Nick Tann’s vocal quivers as he slides from a Kasabian-esque, staccato introduction in “Never Did Me Harm” to what sounds like an B side from the OST of “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly” – and oddly, it works. The album slips into a myriad of acoustic influences, reminiscent of what K T Tunstall with a sex change or Jack Johnson without an American accent would sound like.
The entire album has a soothing quality -“Coming Home” sounds precisely like the satisfied sigh of throwing your shoes across your hall after a long day at work while title track “3am” glitters with the American heartland feel that Counting Crows originally mastered on “August And Everything After”. It’s the stand-out song that excellently displays Tann’s vocal range and melodic awareness.
The guitar work, while not in a style that oft-recognises mercurial stringsmen, the jangling notes in “Parallel Lines have an impressive streak of dexterity while maintaining a Ed Sheeran-esque chart sensibility. Perhaps Tann, with a more auburn shade atop his head, isn’t related to the ginger crooner - but the announcement of a once removed cousinship wouldn’t surprise.
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