Ah, Thomas Tantrum, it's a name that's been familiar to me for some time now. Long among the most popular bands in their hometown of Southampton they're well known just up the road here in Portsmouth too. In fact it's fair to say that around these parts their rise in profile has been eagerly noted among many a young band. In all honesty though, when I first heard them I really couldn't understand the appeal. Vocally they seemed very airy-fairy and musically there was just nothing that hooked me at all. Thankfully though, and not for the first time as anyone who reads these reviews will attest, I was extremely wrong. With this, their debut album, they've come of age, marrying the intelligence of some of their lyrics with the playfulness of their approach and creating something that will, I think, become a staple of student indie discos up and down the land, giving all those worn out Oasis, Pulp and Blur CDs a bit of a rest. Lead vocalist Megan Thomas' vocal approach is a little strange at first, very idiosyncratic and just a little bit twee, but the way she uses it to highlight the lyrics (check out the opening of `Why The English Are Rubbish') is superb, picking out the nuances of the words as surely as the boys in the band expose some subtlety in their insanely catchy music. It's fair to say that there isn't an instant classic on the album, but there's not a single duff track either, rather it's one of those albums where each listener has their own favourite track, personally I've already mentioned mine, though I'd imagine `Shake It! Shake It!' and `Swan Lake', the song The Yeah Yeah Yeah's could never quite write, will be popular with fans as well as the superb opening track `Rage Against The Tantrum'. This then is a statement of intent from a band on the cusp of massive popularity, lets see what comes next!