8. 40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room (2011)
The Inside Room smarts, intellectually and physically, the sound of raw pain delivered in the most eloquent manner and an astonishing reinvention of the work started by Warning (included in the honourable mentions incidentally, please don’t put out a contract on our lives because they’re not in the 10!) that reached it’s nadir on this refined release.
The thickest of distorted guitar sounds mask the ingenious simplicity in 40 Watt Room’s languid tales of frustration and woe. Following a highly primitive structure, each track on The Inside Room drains the soul as Pat Walker’s narration conveys the sense of paralysing inevitability in life’s lonely sojourn; content and context perfectly balanced.
The Inside Room sure ain’t a spirit lifter but it is a stunning trip through sorrow and solemnity, a virtually flawless record fashioned by a master craftsman.