The album as a whole leaves a blurry impression, not a crisp memory.
Although One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Any More isn’t cohesive, its stronger moments still beckon from the darker corners. It may be an album that elicits too much fast-forwarding, but the remaining songs stay true to Slow Club’s folk-rock roots and grow a few new blooms.
We do get some truly impressive, sweeping vocal turns – such as the back half of ‘Come On Poet’ or the gospel swell of ‘Give Me Some Peace’ – but it does slightly diminish one of the core dynamics which made Slow Club so charming in the first place.
These are small complaints compared to the highs of something like new single ‘In Waves’. Working to a totally traditional Americana blueprint, the song eschews flash and innovation for the pleasures of a simple song performed well. The melody is lived in, welcoming and exquisitely sung. Meanwhile, at the song’s close, Alan Parker's solo manages to be equally modest, even as he absolutely plays the hell out of his guitar. And this is the defining feature of the album at large. It’s never showy, it’s never flashy, but by completely embracing the blues and country at their core, it’s always as good as Slow Club have ever been.
(Drowned In Sound)