If this album had been released by a new, upcoming band, they would have been rightly acclaimed as the saviours of British music. So why has the album received such mixed reviews? Simple- the Bluetones just aren't fashionable enough to be welcomed in a world dominated by Girls Aloud and the White Stripes. The Bluetones have always been excellent at spinning a fantastic tune (think If, Bluetonic, Zorrro, Solomon Bites the Worm, etc.), and although this album has been described as 'completely different', anyone who rates decent guitar pop will find that this album delivers. Yes, it has an edgier and occasionally electronic feel, but retains the Bluetones' knack of sticking a tune in your head which will remain there for days. 'Here it Comes Again', 'Turn it Up' and 'Big Problem' are simply superb pop songs (and, incidentally, its about time we reclaimed the word 'pop' from the likes of S Club and Gareth Gates- don't forget the Beatles were 'pop'), while 'You're no Fun Anymore' and 'Little Bear' get better with every listen. But the best song on the album is the soon-to-be-single-of-the-year 'Never Going Nowhere'. In any sane, decent country, this simply superb song would be a contender for number 1, but will in fact be doing well to trouble the lower echelons of the top 40. A shame, as the track is worth the price of the album on its own. The Bluetones are to be congratulated on another fine pop album, and on reminding us that quality will always transcend fashion. Why not ignore the critics and give it a try? You might just remember why you bought that copy of 'Slight Return'.