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Not bad, but good enough to stand out?
on 21 November 2007
As an avid 'consumer' of music, in virtually all it's genres, I often find myself in the position of "so much music to listen to, so little time". This results in the need to seperate the wheat from the chaff (to quote Gareth Keenen).
In this situation, albums need to demand your attention. They need to be better than the previous album you bought in that genre. It doesn't stop me buying them, because I'm always looking for that next diamond in the rough, but they need to be special enough to bring me back to them. And that's where I come to my point (eventually)... this is not special.
It doesn't stand out. Nothing here is new, and nothing here is of such pop genius that you completely forgive it's lack of originality. But hey, if you've got a couple of guitars and some skinny jeans, you get signed these days, so it's not the bands fault. It almost feels like this type of band would never have graduated from garage practice sessions without the NME, and the NME wouldn't have anything to write about without bands like these.
"Kill The Director" and "Moving to New York" stand out above the rest of the tracks as very catchy, well written, energetic songs that make you want to hit repeat when it ends. And although the single "Let's Dance to Joy Division" is also a lot of 'fun' (condescending, I know), it's not really like any of the other tracks on this album, which make a valiant effort at being light, catchy indie music, but fail to live up to the three big records above (and are therefore pretty skippable).
So, it's not bad, it has it's moments. No doubt they're nice lads and they seem to be having a good time, but... you've heard it all before. We've had bands like The Maccabees & Good Shoes do a similar thing this year far better, so I'd reach for those before this every time.
Amazon, we need a 2.5 stars option!