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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2006
WRM have managed to breath plenty of life into the 80s synth-pop movement (if it exists).

Comparisons will be made with The Bravery, but the content in Kick is much deeper than that.

Sometimes quite dark (checkout the Depeche Mode soundalike 'Deborah Carne') and at other times quite experimental (Pig Heil Jam's off-kilter time signature for example), WRM's debut album has plenty to offer, and it should provide me with plenty of repeated plays for the next few months. Thoroughly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2006
This CD is just so good. It is a mix of 80's indie pop and contemporary sounds. Sometimes you hear moments of Joy Division (Love is a Number) and then you hear something else. This CD is infectious. I heard it first time and was intrigued and had to put it on again. I just hope they get the exposure they deserve. They have done some great singles from 'Love is a Number', 'Alsatian' and they have followed it up with a fantastic album. Their sound is contemporary, but also has strong 80's influences. If this sounds like your kind of thang I think you best get ordering...nuff said.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2006
I saw WRM live supporting Placebo and was interested enough in them to get the album. Seeing them live did not prepare me at all for how good this album is. It's 80s synth mixed with guitars and very hard to categorise. I have not stopped listening to it since it's release. This lot deserve to be big.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a funny record, some of it is absolutely brilliant, such as the three singles, 'Love is a Number,' 'Alsation' and 'Girls in the Back.' Elsewhere it is patchy and somewhat schizophrenic - it is produced within an inch of its life but seems to lack the clinical efficiency and attention to detail that perhaps this level of involvement would indicate.

It would be easy to bang on about the obvious DM link here, but I hear elements of Slowdive (on the opener) and Led Zep somewhere in the middle (Idiot Drugs). One thing WRM excel at is writing coke-edged indie synth dance stormers, and there are 4 here that really push the right buttoms - the aforementioned singles and closing track 'Cruella,' which has THE BEST 4 to the floor chorus anywhere ever and surely must be the song that pushes this band into the top 40.

Sometimes they get it a bit wrong, and 'Pig Heil Jam,' is, in short, a pig - which is a shame because live it rocks like a motherf**ker. I have read a number of people state that this record lacks substance, but there is a lovely warm quality to some of the song writing, even though the delivery tends towards the jingoistic - the half slurred, half yelped vocals often intimate a nice one liner here and there.

At best this album is most definitely white, as in lines, and offered stormtrooping (sorry) indie beats, 'whipcrack' guitars and Durannie DM synth washes all sunk in drug coitus with a suitably obscurantist voice. At worst this record is overproduced and lacking in courage - almost as if it was hiding behind Epworth's chair.

This band are a great band in performance and in attitude, although there is a risk of them being daubed with the vacuous brush.

Buy if you wanna dance in a dark room off your knockers or charge meaningfully down a high street at midnight. Avoid if you want to stay at home and contemplate the cogito.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I received this album for christmas after having bought the 7" Girls In The Back and really liked it. They played at the Benicassim 2006 festival and were without doubt on the highlights, words cannot describe how good they were.

If you are into upbeat electronic indie with a pumping bass riff then this is for you. Not only are they really catchy but obviously have talent, the vocals are good, as are the harmonies. They are perhaps not the easiest band to get into but persist and you find it quickly becomes one of your most treasured albums. Highlights for me are Love Is A Number, Alsation and Cruella, as well as the excellent hidden track, which according to their myspace is called Luno Park.

A must see if you get the chance.

I can only recommend this album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 April 2006
These are excellent, I saw them support the Rakes at the UEA; initially I though they were alright, but after you hear them a few times they really grow on you. Smashing tracks introduce the White Rose Movement to the scene. Larve It!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2006
Take some retro 80's inspired synth sounds. Mix in grungy guitar and thumping bass track. Throw in sharp edged vocals and loadsa additive melodies and out pops WRM. Tunes with bite!

You won't be disappointed this debut collection tunes from WRM...Unless you cringe at the thought of a hearing of The Bravery, The Killers, or Kasabian flowing from your speakers. Maybe you'd run a mile at the slightest suggestion of Depeche Mode. If so you'd better find something else to spend your dosh on, but then again why not take a gamble today?

So you want to take a little sip from the cup WRM? Well slurp on "London's Mine", "Girls in the Back", or "Love is a Number" ... Sit back and crank it up. Before you know it you'll be screaming for more. Enjoy
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2006
This blinding little gem of a CD is truly a revelation.

All at once the sounds of the 80s meld into a truly 21st century sound. 'Deborah Carne' smacks of the Human League, 'Girls In The Back' (surely a contender for single of the year) is poppy in a real Cure-esque gothic way. There's even hints of the Smiths in 'Testcard Girl'. This is before the obvious Joy Division connurtations.

As I said though, don't be fooled by the mining of music past, this CD is fresh and new. For once the hype is close to being justified. The musicianship is tight and rhythmic and they are led along by a singer who yelps a great tune.

The only drawback for me is the lack of truly great choruses, you get the cracker in 'Girls in the Back' and the rest of the tunes on here, great as they are, pass by somewhat androgynously. Maybe that's the charm...

I whole-heartedly recommend this, it's a breathe of sleazy-fresh air in the wake of all the indiealike bands of the moment. Oh, and catch them live whenever you can, the live show is riveting.
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on 1 October 2009
Electronic, disco, poppy-rock. If you like strong bass lines and beats with an easy catchy melody then you'll like this. I'd put them close to 'Union Of Knives'. Great album, not a bad track on it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2006
Sounds like the Killers with a harder edge.

Certainly anyone that can combine the bassline from Transmission by Joy Division with what sounds like early Duran Duran/Comsat Angels on one track has got to be worth a listen.

And overall it actually sounds pretty good too.
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