Bell X1 are in their 14th year now as a band, and onto this sixth album, Chop Chop. This is a really good album, with some great songs. It's very simple at times, and it's an approach that really pays off.
There's a variety of different sounds on the album. A good example of this contrast is the neighbouring tracks 'Diorama', and then 'I Will Follow You'. 'Diorama' is almost a mournful ballad with it's introspectively gentle vocals and piano chords. Whereas 'I Will Follow You' is a much higher tempo guitar driven song, with a simple and very effective chorus. Also, I love the muted brass in the background of this track, it really just adds that little je ne sais quoi.
My favourite track is 'Drive-By Summer', which starts with a lovely bassline that straddles at least one octave. The melody is carried so gently by Noonan's voice, something which really makes some of these tracks so great.
In all, this is a decent album from a good band, one that I would like to see live. If you're a fan of their other albums, or any kind of alternative rock then this is a really good album. I would recommend giving it a listen.