Haven : All For A Reason
If you hear a song and you think you have heard it before, one of three things has happened. Firstly, you have heard it before. Secondly, it is so ridiculously derivative that it might just as well be a cover version. Thirdly, it so well put together that it instantly makes sense and, therefore, sounds familiar. Haven's latest offering All For A Reason falls largely into the third of these categories, with a smattering of the second category laced throughout.
The album's opener Change Direction is reminiscent of numerous teen-angst TV drama theme tunes, though somehow in a good way. This is followed by the highlight of the album, Have No Fear, a wonderfully lilting anthem that makes you wish it was summer all year round.
Having relocated to Manchester from Cornwall where they hail from, Haven's associations with the likes of such musical luminaries as Johnny Marr have resulted in the man himself taking on production duties on All For A Reason, and a fine job he does of it too. Though tight and not over-produced, there is a distinct warmth and character running through All For A Reason that puts it a cut above, and the album works well as a whole rather than just a collection of songs. On this evidence, all signs would seem to suggest that bigger and better things are well on their way for Haven.