Fairy Tales from the Island
Intensive Care’s first full-length album, Fairytales from the Island, fails to enchant.
Despite a combination of proficient musicians, Intensive Care’s desire to create pop songs out of nervous structures doesn’t work.
Their self-proclaimed “mad scientist arrangements” are offensive mishmashes. Most begin on experimental and dark notes only to jump into upbeat melodies that lack conclusion.
While there are moments here, the songs don’t hold together. The first track, “Tales of Sarah Jane, the Golden Horse,” is reminiscent of Cold Play’s Viva la Vida, while “Wandering Man” is clearly influenced by The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper.
Unfortunately, the songs do not live up to their predecessors. Despite Intensive Care’s potential, Fairytales from the Island is missing the magic.
Trial Track: “Tales of Sarah Jane, the Golden Horse”