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Highly Contagious - Catch It While You Can
on 27 April 2009
Let's start with the name.
I love it....love it to bits in fact.
It's nuts how no-one thought to use it before.
(I didn't research the above assumption and will
doubtless now receive an almighty slap on the tail
from a Harry or Sally far cleverer than me for
Noisettes have given us a cracking little album here.
11 very fine songs performed with fierce confidence
The guitar/bass/drums formula is augmented with
subtle use of keyboards and electronics in all
the right places. Never too much - never too little.
Ms Shoniwa's voice is vibrant and full of life and despite
it's occasional limitations is always fresh and captivating.
Opening track 'Sometimes' is a composition worthy of the
late great Jake Thakray (....ask your Grandad to explain).
The woozy off-kilter opening harmonies lead into a beguiling
and unpredictably shifting melody. Easily one of the best songs
I have heard so far this year.
The dancefloor thrash of single 'Don't Upset The Rhythm' is
a blast of five star pristine pop - consumately executed.
The sunny "la la las" and handclapping of title track
'Wild Young Hearts' are delightful. It slips easily in and
out of it's big show tune production to reveal the rock solid
pedigree of this fine little band's instrumental skills.
Likewise '24 Hours' - the bass/drums backbone pins down yet
another winning composition. The chorus is irristible.
Truth be told there's not a bad track to be had here.
'Beat Of My Heart' is a stormer, destined to be a show-stopper
in live shows.
'Never Forget You', with it's playful sixties references, is
for me the album's highlight. A pure unadulterated slice of joy!
(Mr Large's sprightly string arrangement deserves a special mention).
Final track 'Cheap Kicks' draws the project to a classy conclusion.
Noisettes seem to have burst into the listening world
fully formed and totally fabulous.
We'd all be nuts not to take note.