If I enjoyed the Concretes debut album in fits and starts, I loved their second album, 2006’s cheekily-titled In Colour, from beginning to end. While perhaps not a edgy as the debut, I think that In Colour was more consistent overall.
On some songs, they just added little dabs of colour, but on the album’s centerpiece, the 6 minute, horn-laden “Fiction,” they added great gobs of that colour.
“Fiction” starts out with just a drumbeat and an repeated, velvety guitar figure, and about a minute in, here comes an absolutely gorgeous long, slowly unfurling horn line. That horn line plays off so beautifully against the guitar drone, you don’t even notice when the organ comes in. ANd in fact, you might not even notice the vocals or even the tune, as they’re really there to take up space between the gorgeous opening and the glorious ending.
It’s the second half of “Fiction” that puts it in “Certain Songs:” an unhurried rave-up where they pile on the brass, the organ and guitar bar after bar after bar until the whole thing just explodes in sheer joyful delight.
Fan-made video for “Fiction”