On The Splendour of Fear, Felt still hasn't figured out how to tame all that glorious atmosphere into a distinct vision. The classically trained Maurice Deebank can unravel glistening guitar scales like nobody's business -- and Lawrence's obtuse vocal delivery certainly possesses an uncanny charm -- but this release can be monotonous at times, lapsing too often into meandering guitarscapes. The tone of the album is set on the first track, which opens with an extended dirge-like instrumental that finally gives way to Lawrence's vocals. The eight-minute-plus track "The Stagnant Pool" is a highlight here, simply because it seems purposeful -- with Lawrence's ominous vocals giving way to an emotional, melodic guitar jam that anticipates the later work of the Smiths' Johnny Marr.
|Red Indians / Maurice Deebank||Felt||1:55|
|The World Is as Soft as Lace / Maurice Deebank||Felt||4:17|
|The Optimist and the Poet||Felt||7:54|
|Mexican Bandits / Maurice Deebank||Felt||3:46|
|The Stagnant Pool / Maurice Deebank||Felt||8:28|
|A Preacher in New England / Maurice Deebank||Felt||4:12|