So much to write but not much to say
There’s been a surge of increase with acoustic James solo spots in the Manics’ recorded catalogue over the past five years. There’s no denying that a lot of those moments are strong, intimate displays of James’ talents and there’s certainly nothing wrong with the approach. But whilst each of James’ solo spots felt special in the past, the current stream of them is starting to take its toll: it’s getting hard to really distinguish these from one another.
Sure, they’ve all often got their own sound gimmicks – in the case of Slow Reflections it’s the occasional electric guitar backing the acoustic. But it’s not enough to disguise the feel that you’ve heard this song already several times during the recent years. Slow Reflections is pleasant and certainly listenable, I’ll give it that. Lyrically it’s excellent even and shows that Wire’s back on track after the slight embarrasements of the past handful of years. But as much as you can mention positive things about it, it simply doesn’t stand out or really act like it’s anything other than some quick single filler. It’s a pleasant James spot but it doesn’t really offer any part of its own that would make it rise above all the other James spots. It’s indistinguishable.
Just can’t help but feel that despite being able to enjoy it, the song feels a bit like a waste of a good lyric and great title.