Breathe lacking lyrically

By Sean Leary

“All That Jazz,” the first album from the British pop-jazz band Breathe was a cool mix of radio-ready pop and crafty white-boy jazz that took American radio by storm. It also featured two powerhouse ballads, “Hands To Heaven,” and “How Can I Fall,” which both permeated the radio waves. Their follow-up album, “Peace of Mind,” finds Breathe once again upon familiar ground, but it is just a bit lacking in comparison to their previous work.

The album once again is full of jazz-influenced pop ballads, and lead vocalist David Glasper’s singing complements the music well. As on the first album, Glasper’s voice is still filled with the same melancholy wanting that dripped like a watercolor in the rain. The only problem is that he doesn’t have the catchy all-out musical backing he did on songs like “Hands To Heaven.” The music on this album is pleasant, but it lacks the same unique spark that the first album had.

The lyrics on some of the songs are a little weak as well. For example, the song “Does She Love That Man?” seems forced. Tough overall, the songs’ lyrics are fairly typical, full of “I love you” lines and stories of loves lost and found. But the band proves itself still capable of pulling some memorable passages together with a song like “Say Hello,” which is full of clever lines.

The album’s first single, “Say a Prayer,” is a sugary sweet up-tempo concoction but still a decent love song. “Say Hello” is loose and laid-back, and with its downtrodden chord changes and a musical refrain that sparks of hope, the music and the lyrics mingle nicely.

Other songs like “Perfect Love,” and “I Hear You’re Doing Fine” are like most of the album – aural candy that sounds good but isn’t very substantial.

The only disappointing aspect of “Peace of Mind” is that it could have been more adventurous. Most of the songs on “Peace of Mind” retain the beauty of the previous album, but could be better lyrically.

If you liked “All That Jazz” you’ll still love “Peace of Mind” It still sports the same lush jazz-pop sound, and is full of stories of romance. The music is full of fluffy pop hooks and good easy-listening arrangements. Sure, it isn’t quite as good as the first album, but Breathe’s heart is certainly still in the right place.