This is a review of "Semantics" recorded by Pete Briley. The review was written by Rachel Gardner in 2009.
After spending several years doing the Leeds' gig scene, Pete Briley has moved back to his native Kent and just signed to new record label Tin Robot Records.
Seeping sentiment, 'Semantics' is an understated ballad with just an acoustic guitar and a spattering of strings. Pete Briley's voice has moments of pure warmth and innocence, but with such sparse arrangement that you need to have slightly more lyrically than we get here. There is also a tendency for the singing to become scratchy; giving the impression that he is trying to imitate Ashley Hicklin in an effort to echo some of his success.
This is a sweet and simple song but it's lacking elements to take it to the next level and make it a masterpiece.