The Leading Hotels Of The World

by Bob Tilton

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Bob Tilton were without doubt one of the UK's most influential and
criminally underrated bands of the 1990's and their final album, recorded
for Southern by the band's bass player Mark Simms, serves, if nothing
else, as a reminder and the closing chapter of a decade in British
underground music that for many will not be forgotten for a very long
time. There is something in Bob Tilton songs that most "Emo" bands can
never seem to achieve, and that is real emotion - guitar riffs and vocal
melodies that are so sad and sweet they are somehow uplifting. The reason
Bob Tilton songs were always so special, though, was the band's ability to
know exactly when to play loud and when to play soft, and for how long. So
many bands can write the most beautiful parts for songs but so often they
will play that part just too much until it loses it's effect, and that is
where Bob Tilton differ - they have parts that are more of a challenge to
really enjoy and they have parts that are so beautiful they stick in your
head for a week, but they only give away so much of this beauty at a time,
never giving too much of the secret away.


released June 1, 1999

Bob Tilton were:
Simon Feirn - vocals
Neil Johnson - guitar
Ralph Hamilton - guitar
Mark Simms - bass
Alan Gainey - drums


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