“Live For The Moment” starts on a high note with the single “Will You Be There?,” a rollicking, good-spirited banger carried along by a foot-tapping riff. The band doesn’t allow for a moment of rest, launching instantly from there into hit single and crowd-pleaser “Live For The Moment,” another fun-filled sing-along instigator. Things get a bit deeper below the surface from there, but there’s a constant sense of playfulness and a feeling that everything will work out in the end. “Chasing Shadows” takes a more bittersweet route, leaving the chunky guitars behind momentarily for silvery instrumental melodies and reflective lyrics. The album continues on this slightly lower-paced, more emotional track until “Turn The Clock,” where “Live For The Moment” reaches its lowest point emotionally, but one of its highest points musically. “Turn The Clocks” is a beautifully orchestral track which wrestles with not being able to “live for the moment,” and feeling as though life is on hold. It is, in many ways, the antithesis to the message given in the single “Live For The Moment,” and in the rest of the album as a whole. Things pick up again with “Last Night,” and the album ends with “Candlelight,” a sweet love song that combines the carefree hopefulness of “Will You Be There?” with the depth and emotion of “Turn The Clock,” and ends with a fantastic orchestral finish.
The Sherlocks accomplished a lot on their debut album. Each song is catchy and appealing in its own way, and the album encompasses an impressive emotional and musical range for just twelve songs. “Will You Be There?,” “Live For The Moment,” and “Chasing Shadows,” all tracks that had been released before the album came out, are still the catchiest and are bound to be the most well-known. But it doesn’t feel as though The Sherlocks were aiming for a record chock-full of anthems. The middle segment of “Live For The Moment” is thoughtful and rueful, sometimes verging on despondent. Enough singature indie rock instrumentals remain to ensure that the songs don’t feel disconnected from the rest of the album, but they are a marked difference from the first few tracks. “Last Night” and “Heart of Gold” never quite build back up to the relentless, fast-paced fun of the beginning, but they don’t need to. By the time the first bars of “Candlelight” begin, The Sherlocks have already shown us a softer, unsure side to themselves as well as a more untroubled, relaxed standpoint. With “Candlelight,” they tie the whole album up with a bow on top. It’s sweetly melancholy, it’s fun, it’s cinematic, it’s the best of The Sherlocks.
“Live For The Moment” proves that The Sherlocks are destined to be much more than a few catchy singles. They have what it takes to catch an audience’s attention and hold it.
Favorites: “Will You Be There?,” “Chasing Shadows,” “Candlelight”
Similar to: Dirty Laces, Blossoms, VANT
Listen to “Live For The Moment” here.