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Lighthouse Family
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Lighthouse Family
The mid-90s was defined by two sounds; Britpop and Bubbglegum Pop.

Amazingly at the height of these two very definitive sounds, the easy listening soulful sound of Lighthouse Family resonated with the masses as the Newcastle formed duo became an international phenomenon.

Dominating the airwaves with the effortlessly feel-good hits Ocean Drive, Lifted and High, the duo sold a few million albums before taking a breather after 2001's Whatever Gets You Through The Day.

While vocalist Tunde Baiyewu dabbled with a solo career and producer/songwriter Paul Tucker explored a new sound in The Orange Lights, neither managed the same prolific success as in their initial outfit.

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Although there may not have been the same demand for a Lighthouse Family reunion as there has been for the also recent reformations of Spice Girls and Westlife, the return of the duo after 18 years in the musical wilderness has been extremely warmly received. With the disco-lite sound of their return single My Salvation hinting at a slightly new direction, the pair were rewarded with applause from their loving fanbase and ample radio play.

Arriving nearly four months after the lead single, their fourth studio album, Blue Sky In Your Head, returns to a well-trodden path. Rather than taking a leap of faith following the success of My Salvation, it could be argued that the remainder of the album plays it rather safe with a sound far more akin to their earlier hits.

While this is no bad thing, particularly given the overwhelming success of acts like Tom Walker, who arguably follow in their shadows - it is somewhat disappointing following the tease of My Salvation.

That being said, Blue Sky In Your Head, is every moment as enjoyable as the band's earlier works - and why should the duo shake-up a guaranteed hit formula? The record boasts songs which you fall instantly in love with, leaving you with a warm fuzzy feeling - and in reality, who could ask for more?

Lighthouse Family, 7th July 2019, 18:00 PM