The Big Pink's latest album is a bit of a conundrum.
Firstly it's an accomplished set of fine synthesised pop with enough melodies and hooks to fuel an entire career.On the other hand it has a distinctly retro sound and approach, that almost disregards 30 years of electronic music innovation, meaning that the album somehow sounds locked in a 1982 time warp.
This is fine when the songs are as good as the opening brace, Stay Gold, and Hit the Ground [Superman], but the feeling I get is theres a slight reluctance to really experiment, meaning that The Big Pink sound more like the natural heirs to say,Blancmange,rather than hipper acts like early OMD or Depeche Mode. This is not necessarily a problem, because The Big Pink are more than capable of evolving into a subtle experimental unit [ they've already proved they can write the tunes or cleverly sample when necessary], its just that safety first in songwriting is not always the right way forward for a band with their potential, and when they occasionally dip their toes in accoustic instrumentation or somethig offbeat the results are discreetly pleasing
Still Future This is a confident album, that has been given a very effective pop sheen by Alan Moulder, and should sell well given the success of Hurts and their ilk.