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Story One | CD review | 2005

STORY ONE - EP

Review by Dawn

Once upon a time there were four chaps from Nottingham who produced the most unique and impressive EP of the year so far...

Harry Potter's latest adventure may be the current talk of the town but Story One are weaving magic of a more musical kind thanks to their intriguing lyrics, soaring strings and Tom Evans' spellbinding vocals.

Evans sits somewhere between a less harsh Kelly Jones and a slightly scuffed Tom McRae, with the impressive ability to launch into a spine-tingling Jeff Buckley-esque wail when you least expect it. When, after two minutes of first track Disposable, the hypnotic violin kicks in, the song's slow-burning seduction is transformed into a melancholic anthem to break your heart.

The sinister Delhi Funeral is dark and brooding like Placebo's I Know, its haunting strings as mournful as My Life Story's November 5th. But it's second track Coming Up which most perfectly showcases Story One's numerous talents, effortlessly changing pace as Tom's voice slides seamlessly from melodic growl to heartbreaking howl and back again; its insistent guitars and driving percussion building to an atmospheric climax alongside a crescendo of strings to rival Bernard Herrmann's most dramatic.

It may be only the first chapter of their intriguing tale, but keep an eye on these boys; it's doubtful even JK Rowling's pen could conjure up anything quite as bewitching.

Visit www.StoryOne.co.uk for more.

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