Throughout ‘Wallpaper For The Soul’ the combination of synthesised and traditional instrumentation is expertly balanced. The complexity of the programming mirrors acclaimed electronica artists such as Four Tet, without ever getting close to sacrificing the essential melody.
The most obvious comparison is with the much missed pop genius of The Boo Radleys.Xavier Boyer’s vocals are pitched at the same level as Boo’s frontman Sice and the dense layers of sound Tahiti 80 generate recall Martin Carr’ssongwriting at its least eccentric.
The lyrical content of the album has less to recommend it, the final verse of ‘MemoriesOf The Past’ states: “This very personal story; May only make senseto me.” It would have been good if more personality had been exposed. Asit is the lyrics express only throwaway uplifting generalisations, for exampleon the title track Xavier sings: "A piece of sunshine a piece of gold; Likea secret never told.”
The lyrics may seem like a hasty afterthought tacked onto the tunes, but whenthe tunes are this good it should easily be forgiven. If you are planning toredecorate your soul, you will not regret opting for Tahiti 80’s Euro-soulsolution. Happiness guaranteed.