"A sense of purpose is what I need" is the first line of the first song and title tune of this five track, 16 minute EP defined as a "soundtrack for our times" no less.
This is a bold and exaggerated claim for a modest set of folky pop songs by Jenkins and his all male backing band that do little more than scratch the surface in analyzing the crazy times we're living in.
The Liverpool musician's heart is in the right place but the anti-consumerism messages of Luxury Stains Everything It Touches and The Simple Things are too banal and predictable to have any real impact.
Similarly, the reggae beats of Why? are the backing for a song which is full of naive questions like "What are the reasons for such suffering?" or "Why do some people want it all?"
It closes with the self explanatory Be Careful What You Wish For. Like all the tracks, this is gentle, melodic and well meaning but lacks any sense of the unease and urgency that the songs seek to document.
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