V// Formation - Little Heart/Open Oceans
Reviewed by Andreas on 2nd May 2006
The cd that dropped through the letterbox from the Irish V// Formation carried a quote from a notorious British music magazine that raved about the band's sense of "hooks" and "indie melodies". Right you are.
Certainly, there are some nice little hooks and melodies to be found in both tracks. As with many singles that we receive these days, "Little Heart/Open Oceans" lacks the production values the songs need to actually be more than just something that goes in one ear and out the other. The A-side radio edit is a 4-minute journey through the slower, melancholic side of Snow Patrol, whilst on "Open Oceans", we are treated to these wonderful hooks that are meant to lure you into V// Formation's world of dubious wonder. The vocalist and drummer are also purely average.
There is a lot to be said about the qualities of the review, how it is meant to be fair, perhaps looking at positives and negatives and then weigh them against each other. Ultimately, the review is the opinion of one person (the reviewer) concerning the product (in this case, a cd single)
Maybe I'd like this better if it was exciting. There are so many other bands that do this thing a whole lot better than V// Formation. I'm going to stop listening to it, and finish this review. If you're easily excited, I suggest you take a gander at the link below.