I like the Zutons a lot. I've been a fan since their debut, Who Killed The Zutons, and loved how different their music was compared to the mainstream stuff that plagues the charts. Tired Of Hanging Around was an excellent follow up, albeit forcing some more chart friendly stuff in - the evolution was all-good however, and I had very high hopes for their third incarnation.
First impressions were not good. I had heard very little hype about the new album, and when I finally got to hear the single Always Right Behind You I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It's definitely one of the weaker songs on the album, and everything else sounded pretty mediocre on first play - certainly no Valerie in there.
But then, I'm often like that with music - I remembered on first play through I wasn't overly keen on the previous two albums either. A dozen listens later and my reservations have now disappeared - it is most definitely a grower.
Stand out tracks are: Harder and Harder, Dirty Rat, What's Your Problem, You Could Make The Four Walls Cry, Family Of Leeches, Freak. Don't let first impressions put you off, give it a chance and it'll be your driving soundtrack for months to come.