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Single Review: O'Hooley & Tidow - The Last Polar Bear (Download)


By Allan Wilkinson - Posted on 22 November 2011


Much praise was poured upon SILENT JUNE, O'Hooley & Tidow's debut album release last year and rightly so in my opinion. The much anticipated follow up album THE FRAGILE is due for release in February and this new download single is a taster of what's to come. Belinda and Heidi's richly orchestrated The Last Polar Bear comes just in time for the festive season and despite it not being a Christmas song exactly, it does have all the magic that Christmas songs are imbued with. It mentions snow for a start, so that's good enough for me.

With Belinda's trademark piano accompaniment and a beautifully arranged string section, the song is treated to some fine harmony singing from the duo, as the song weaves through an ever-changing ebb and flow, mirroring the feel of the tide as the last polar bear strives to find the last patch of snow, only to discover an unexpected yet all important twist. This is how love songs should be written. Utterly beautiful.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky