Release Date: Apr 9, 2013
Record label: 429 Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock
When you look at those two golden masks symbolizing the duality of ye old drama theatre, which one do you prefer to apply to your own life? Sure, when it comes to being entertained, the choice can be a mere coin toss. As much as we like to laugh along with a group of strangers while facing a dimly-lit stage, we are sometimes in love with our cathartic appreciation of tragedy. We actively seek out the most depressing and sometimes disturbing pieces of film, art and music in hopes that people with perceive us as “dark” or “gothic”, a validation of our profound thoughtfulness.
The ninth studio album from Craig and Charlie Reid finds the Scottish siblings further settling into their roles as big-hearted family men with a gift for crafting soulful pop songs that are as gloriously catchy as they are unbearably old-fashioned. To be fair, the brothers Reid have never pretended to be anything other than unabashed, heart-on-their-sleeves romantics, but Like Comedy pushes things so far to the sweet end of the confectionary spectrum that even longtime fans may need a salty digestif after devouring its 12 sugary, occasionally mawkish courses. That said, there are always nuggets to be found on a Proclaimers record, and Like Comedy doesn't disappoint, offering up the swinging, spirited opener "Whatever You Got," the rocking, radio-ready "Thought of You," and the gorgeous ballad "After You're Gone," the latter of which almost sounds like the bruised, yet still hopeful older sibling to 1998's "Sunshine on Leith.