Kirk Waldrop's the frontman for Nine Times Blue and composes from an impressive stable of influences: Squeeze, The Smithereens, Gin Blossoms, XTC, Robin Hitchcock, and a slew of others, but I also hear Nuclear Valdez, Interview, Sniff 'N the Tears, Pezband, and, hell, even a bit of Chad & Jeremy in cuts like Grace. The title cut's a guaranteed chart climber—just which chart, I couldn't say, as there are a million of 'em nowadays, but slip it into Rock, Pop, or Alt lists and it'll find itself ascending nicely. The pop aspect to Falling Slowly is the most evident element here, though, sometimes of the power ilk, other times more Jools Hollandy, later reminiscent of later Hollies.
Likewise, Fun and Games has a classic pop sound a la Greg Kihn on the balladic side fused with Difford & Tilbrook (interestingly, one can even find Glenn Yarborough antecedents). So Much Time bookends the opening cut with a melodic rocker nicely wrought of repeating chords and attractive hooks…or rather, it seems to close the disc out, but there's a secret bonus in the way of a completely hidden 10th song mentioned nowhere in the liner or face of the disc itself, another ballad to companion Grace. For those enamored of the groups mentioned as influences, Falling Slowly will be quite pleasing, but to these ears it is seemly to mention that it's really the warm up for a future album, whether Nine Times Blue knows it or not (maybe next time out, maybe later), an issuance that will really define what's been germinated here.
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