Album Review: The Long Lost – ‘The Long Lost’

March 17, 2009 Updated: September 29, 2015
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As The Long Lost, childhood sweethearts Arthur (AKA Daedalus) and Laura Darlington, have created a seriously curious and at times arresting oddity of a record. It sounds something akin to a collection of bizarre nursery rhymes and fairytales sung in a voice of immense vulnerability by Darlington. The banality of the lyrics seriously impact on the appeal of a number of tracks though. ‘Colour’ features the immortal line “Pears are yellow, rich, ripe and mellow” and ‘Domestics’ includes such revelations as “His toothbrush is blue, mine is too”.  The production is charming, but the often embarrassing lyrical content drags this album down.