Preconceived ideas are generally not a good idea and very often wide of the mark. Formulating an opinion before the facts have been heard can be a dangerous and foolish thing to do. To have an open mind and look at something with a fresh perspective is usually always a better idea. I know that and am normally not prone to such hastiness, however. Before hearing the debut album from Ellen And The Escapades I had thought it was going to quite a light affair of breezy happy-go-lucky ditties that although pleasant enough wouldn't necessarily be that interesting, or good. How wrong I was. Whilst 'All The Crooked Scenes' may not be an intellectual heavy weight of Nietzsche proportions is it is no casual throw away insignificance either. The twelve songs on Ellen's new album are all wonderfully worked compositions that showcase her and her band extremely well.

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