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  • Euros Childs The Miracle Inn
    Friday, December 14, 2007

    Euros Childs was the front man of the wonderfully underrated (at least in this country) Welsh pop/folk/weirdo collective, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. For The Miracle Inn, his third solo record, he's taken a decidedly straightforward folk-rock approach; he's improved upon and polished up the good qualities of his previous two solo records, though, for this outing, he's singing in English. While this might rightfully be called a mini-album, it's a very fulfilling and satisfying collection.

    Childs possesses a smooth, satisfying vocal style; his voice is soft and sensuous, without being too lusty or overwhelming. I'm reminded a bit of Bryan Ferry, especially on the delightfully catchy "Horse Riding." His compositional style matches his voice; the songs on The Miracle Inn is easy and unforced; Childs is obviously a master of his craft, as his songs sound so effortless. The songs found here fall into two categories; catchy 70s-style pop, like "All Day" and the aforementioned "Horse Riding," and quiet, hushed ballads, both folk-based, like "Think I'll Run Away," and more contemporary fare, like "Outside My Window." Then there's the epic title track, a reminiscence about a pub.
    It's a fun piece, and it blends the records diverse musical styles into one interesting, fascinating whole.

    This is a lighthearted, catchy record, one that is worth seeking out, because it's one of the prettiest, most unpretentious and most sincere records I've heard all year.

    Listen To: "Horse Riding"

    The Miracle Inn is available now on Wichita Recordings

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