This is a review of "Lookout Posts and Telescopes" recorded by Lewis Denby. The review was written by Richard Garnett in 2006.
Serial miserablist Lewis Denby follows up last year’s solo debut with a stripped back acoustic collection of new material. There is no doubting Mr Denby needs a hug, the angst weeps out all over the speakers and if you’re not in equal need of a cuddle then this will provide little empathy for your mood. There are signs that Denby is starting to crack the formula that works for him, not least with gentle string accompaniment to acoustic emo ballad “Wonder”. It should not be under-estimated what a tough task that Denby has set himself. Solo work can be the hardest without the reflection of others and there is still some way to climb on the learning curve. For the most part good ideas pop-up momentarily before getting lost again in some fairly naïve teenage rambling with chords that when put together sound suitably bleak and upsetting. Whether Denby hears it or not the most likely comparisons are to the likes of James Blunt, but what is lacking here is a pop sensibility to provide a back bone to the emotion being poured out.