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Adrian Borland - Harmony & Destruction review (Music Planet 14-05-2002)

date: May 14, 2002


ADRIAN BORLAND - Harmony & Destruction (The Unfinished Journey)

It's difficult, if not impossible, to look at this legacy separate from the tragic destiny of its creator. Adrian Borland was the mainman of The Sound in the 80's, a band that somehow everytime failed to make it, and continued with a solo career in the early 90's which created a very loyal following especially in Holland and Belgium. But Borland suffered from clinical depressions and threw himself , in the midst of the recordings of this album, on the 26th of April 1999 in front of a train. His close associates have finished 'Harmony & Destruction' in the spirit of the musician, a tremendous achievement because Borland was a very precise musician and the end result doesn't sound like some sort of demo. The vocals give the songs an edgy feel because they have been taken from rough tapes that were used during the recordings as guidevocals and therefore initially were not intended to be used for the final mixes.

The vocals that sometimes are a bit out of tune give the album an extra value. With dignified respect it is sufficient to say that the songs are simply heartbreaking. Anyone who is touched by the authenticity of Ryan Adams 'Heartbreaker' should give this album a listen. Main difference is Adam's zest for living even in his most moving songs, in Borland's case it's nothing else than concise despair. This makes Harmony & Destruction unsuitable for birthday parties but it never gets embarrassing or unbearable. Borland, whose main goal always was to write a good song, was too much an expert for that. It remains a pity that he had to come off worst.

Miriam Notenboom - Music Planet 2002 translated by Rients Bootsma

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