THE DEPARTURE Dirty Words (2005 UK 11-track CD album including the singles Be My Enemy Lump In My Throat & All Mapped Out picture sleeve in a hype stickered jewel case)
On Dirty Words
, Northamptons The Departure
stake their claim as the elegantly British riposte to The Killers and The Bravery, dramatically coiffeured new-wave dandies with a brace of songs about angst and girls delivered in frontman David Jones broad, undiluted Midlands accent. While on the surface somewhat reminiscent of a crop of 80s bands The Cure, U2, and even, occasionally, Duran Duran as a band, theyve got a tight dynamic of their own, the neat, stattaco stylings of lead guitarist Sam Harvey proving a neat foil to the jumpy, elaborate bass lines of Ben Winton on the likes of "Talkshow".
For all the passionate spirit of numbers like "Lump In My Throat" and "All Mapped Out", its hard to shake the feeling that The Departure havent penned their masterpiece yet, but its a solid debut from a band with genuine promise. Buy it, and some hair-straighteners while youre at it; we guarantee youll get some use out of them yet --Louis Pattison