Yeah I know it's not a word, but it is a ruddy brilliant debut from this London based five piece. Front man and songsmith Frederick Macpherson has made a truly sublime album and has done what seems to be the unthinkable in music circles these days and that is make a record where every track is a killer. Opener `True Love' starts all unassuming and then kicks in with a number that pulls you in and backing vocals that put most bands to shame. All of the songs are what used to be termed `catchy' but in grown up speak they are infectiously likeable. All of them have great tunes, brilliant rhythm and a vocal that makes you want to dance and sing along.
I normally hate songs that repeat lines too many times, but even where it happens on this album, it all just seems to be perfect. `Grey Suit and Tie', track 3 is a lament that starts out torch song ballad to a love long vanished and proves that they can do slow just as well as fast and dancey The lyrics are great too as they have to be on all great records like on `Twenty Nothing' we get `Heard he was your rock, does that make me a hard place'. Track 6 `Lay Low' just gets me every time, and is another ballad one and I got caught singing out loud to my head phones in the gym on this one, I have been asked to be less audible in future. That is how much this record has got to me.
`No Adventure' is another one that starts in a moody fug and then just breaks free with soaring lyrics and a cracking chorus. This sounds like electronic music in places but is really good old fashioned guitar bass and drums with oodles of spirit, heart and perfectly balanced pop - to die for. `What you wanted' has a rhythm you could do a passable dance from `Gangnam Style' to, but with tunes as good as this that would be borderline sacrilege. This is my favourite album of the year so far ( I know it came out in 2012 but I was late to the party), I did think `Fun' and `Some Nights' was a scorcher too and there are similarities, and I have heard that these have been compared to `The Killers' which I think is a bit off the mark, at times I can feel early `Soft Cell' but only a trace and even 'The White Stripes' and hints of Mr Jarvis Cocker a la Pulp, this is back to basics ramped up, pop with attitude and anthemic songs that makes you want to don your wellies and take off for the nearest festival for some puddle stomping to this absolutely brilliant band - let's just hope they are playing some this summer - I can not recommend highly enough.