The second album from the Scottish indie rock quartet following 2007's 'Hats off to the Buskers'. The album sees the addition of string arrangements to their raw 70s pop/rock-inspired tunes, and includes the singles 'Shock Horror' and '5Rebeccas'.
Always the tatty ASBO-wielding pageboy, never the groom. Or perhaps more pertinently always Northern Uproar, never Oasis. Always bassist John Hassell, never Pete Doherty. The View were never scene leaders or headline grabbers, they didn’t have it in them (they barely had it in them to walk in a straight line), but then that was the appeal; allowing them to skid recklessly along the post-Libertines slipstream, churning out whatever in the way of juvenile rock ‘n’ roll hedonism they could muster. Such a scattergun approach served them reasonably well on debut Hats Off To The Buskers
, amassing clumps of moreish melody and a 6-pack of holler-along choruses beneath a generous covering of raucousness. The regrettably titled follow up, Which Bitch?
, however does see The View lose a good deal of their beginners luck, some of which is entirely of their own doing as they make awkward and unnecessary attempts at maturity--the perplexing Twang-esque baggy rap of “One Off Pretender” and sub-Verve string-laden balladry of “Unexpected” really bring nothing but embarrassment. Thankfully they’ve still got some diesel in the tank and crank out carefree, wind-in-yer-hair, jaunty breezers like the La’s-esque “Temptation Dice”, feedback-drenched size-10 stomper “5Rebeccas”, Fratellis-aping “Jimmy’s Crazy Conspiracy” and accordingly explosive (if unsurprising) “Shock Horror”, which just keep the album back from the brink. --James Berry