Passenger - Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea album review: mind-numbingly ordinary

Thu, Sep 22, 2016, 21:15


Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea


Black Crow Records

Singer / Songwriter

It’s been more than four years since Mike Rosenberg’s major breakthrough as Passenger thanks to the ubiquitous Let Her Go, but the Brighton-born musician seems happy to re-tread the same old clichéd paths as always, if his eighth album is anything to go by.

His “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach means that songs such as Everything and Fool’s Gold lumber pleasantly but forgettably along, while the addition of Birdy on vapid duet Beautiful Birds makes scant difference.

Anywhere and If You Go are perkier affairs, but there is little in the way of “edgy” here, along with some criminally bad lyrical rhymes. Rosenberg remains a Passenger in all senses, allowing others to call the tune while he travels in their mind-numbingly ordinary wake.