Given the distinctive sound of Chapel Club's "Palace" album, there will be of course the almost inevitable references to Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen etc. However to dismiss this band as "yet another" Joy Division copy-cat band would be a mistake. A big one. Because, whilst there are definitely hints of the aforementioned cult heroes, like Editors and Interpol before them, Chapel Club have infused this brilliant debut album with their own unique sound. From the simple but elegantly delivered drums on "Surfacing" (check that ride cymbal cutting through- lovely stuff), to the low-fi bass run on "Five Trees, to the almost-pop but not quite "Eastern Girls" to the sublime "O maybe I", this is an album that is refreshingly old-school indie, if indeed there is such a thing. In fact "O maybe I" could almost have been a Smiths number, and the singer takes great delight in delivering the lyric "I just couldn't go through that again, she said. No one asked you too, darling" in a manner that's not quite Morrissey, but then again not quite NOT Morrissey. This debut album is a real gem. After listening to the first couple of EPs I eagerly awaited the album and was not at all disappointed. OK, maybe it owes an awful lot to 70's / 80's indie music, but to my mind it's all the better for it. There is a common theme of the sea and shores running through the album, which gives the songs a kind of synergy. All in all, a well crafted, intelligent album in a world of manufactured, throw away pop. Enjoy.