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Mull Historical Society - This Is Hope

Mull Historical Society - This Is Hope

If Colin MacIntyre’s output is anything to go by, there really is very little to do in the far north of Scotland except make your own fun. In three years, he has produced three albums, and unusually, the quality of his output is still yet to drop.


This Is Hope

  1. Intro Track
  2. Peculiar
  3. How 'Bout I Love You More
  4. Treescavengers
  5. This is the Hebrides
  6. Tobermory Zoo
  7. Death O£ a Scienti$t (A Vision of Man Over Machine 2004)
  8. Your Love, My Gain
  9. Casanova at the Weekend
  10. My Friend The Addict
  11. Len
  12. In The Next Life (A Requiem)
  • Out on B-Unique
  • Rating: 8/10
  • Reviewer: Chris Long

The speed of output also means that This Is Hope picks up where his last outing, Us, left off last year. The lead single, How ‘Bout I Love you More?, a bouncing ball of pop energy instilled with his Hebridean Beach Boy ways, picks up the strand of its predecessor, The Final Arrears, just as The Supermarket Strikes Back followed up Barcode Bypass. It’s a formula that works brilliantly, as you tumble into MacIntyre’s world, never wanting to escape.

It’s the combination of tenderness and humour that makes Mull Historical Society such an enjoyable prospect. In The Next Life has a ton of emotional baggage to carry, but its off-set by the ludicrously throwabout Tobermory Zoo. Treescavengers explores hope (the theme that runs through the entire album) before My Friend The Addict tries to find light at the end of a needle. The contrasts make the resulting collection shine.

With a level of productivity most companies would pay millions to have, MacIntyre is showing no signs of slowing up. And nor should he. This Is Hope has everything that Us had before it, just as Us was as loud and proud as his debut release, Loss. He’s rewriting the rulebook, tearing up the form guide and showing just what can be done if you put your mind to it. Long may he have nothing better to do.

last updated: 02/08/04
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