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Let's start with the name.

I 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
my ignorance).

Noisettes have given us a cracking little album here.

11 very fine songs performed with fierce confidence
and self-belief.

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.

Highly Recommended.
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on 18 April 2009
Absolutely awesome album! The lead singer has an amazing voice, and their songs are fantastic. For some reason, I can't help but think they need to get this girl to do the lead song for the next James Bond soundtrack. She's got the voice to do it.

As I'm a sucker for 50's/60's/70's music, my two favourite songs have got to be 'Wild Young Hearts' and 'Never Forget You' which are simply outstanding coming from a band in the 21st century, and songs I reckon will be remembered in years to come.

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on 15 October 2009
I had heard a few of the Noisettes tracks on the radio and loved the vocals and music. It prompted me to think of buying the CD. When I checked on Amazon, I was very pleased to see they had samples of all the tracks to listen to. I was amazed by the clarity and soulfulness of her voice and the beat of the music - a wonderful combination.

During the year I only buy a few CD's so I try and choose carefully. Once Wild Young Hearts arrived I popped the CD in the car and then played through about 8 times (with some tracks repeated) before I changed the music.

You might not realise I am not some young wipper snapper, but 55 and have a 12 year old daughter (even she loves this CD). This album should become a classic as there are no bad tracks, just some of them are slightly better than others.

This is definitely a 5 star album and should appeal to all age groups. I rate this as a must have album - so buy a copy today.
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on 2 May 2009
This is a classy album of interesting and eclectic songs. The production suggests the pop sound we are used to from the likes of Duffy and Amy Winehouse but the songs dare to be different. OK the big disco stomper (Go Baby Go) is very commercial, but the rest of the album shows the band's writing ability and their varied influences. Personally I miss the harder edged shouty side of the Noisettes but you still get some of that if you see them live. I think this album will make the Noisettes a household name.
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Wild Young Hearts is a real grower, i.e. the more you listen the better it gets. I love Never Forget You, which has a very heavy Sixties sound. The whole album is a classy feelgood mix of catchy songs and excellent vocals. This is my first Noisettes album but I will now try out the back catologue
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on 23 August 2009
After seeing the car advert with 'Don't Upset The Rhythm' I thought yeah ok song, but bit commercial for my complete liking.

So why did I give this album 5 out of 5, cos it's the nuts that's why. If I was to be negative 'Don't upset the Rhythm' is probably the worst track on there, and that's saying something, as it's not a bad listen, and certainly not bad.

After hearing 'Sometimes' on last FM I decided there was more here then I thought, I'm missing something here and I was right. 'Sometimes' when played on my coveted Hi-Fi system just sent sweet heaven to my ears, in fact this style of high/low harmony blend is what they achieve best and I hope they remember this for future releases, a few songs practice this and it really does enhance their unique sound and make anyone with a pure music heart sit up and listen. The rest of the songs show a diverse understanding of how music should sound, with a female vocalist whose unique but still faintly sweet voice enhances the already excellent backing.

A mixture of soft rock and northern soul with their unique and modern twist, does not disappoint.

Believe me, if you like good music, you will like this.
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I have to say I am surprised at just how good this album is. I knew this band from `Don't Upset the Rhythm' and `Never Forget you', but the music on offer here is excellent the whole way through and if you enjoyed either of the mentioned songs then it is a good bet you will enjoy the rest of the album as well. The title track is another favourite of mine, but it is hard to highlight one track over another to be honest. The lead vocalist Shingai Shoniwa has a wonderful voice and lends the album a real jazzy feel without becoming clichéd or cheesy and the songs on offer alternate between punchy upbeat numbers to more sultry, smouldering affairs. The band seem to be polished and tight and the production seems clear and well suited to the bands style. The packaging is pretty good and the booklet is attractive too. All in all if you enjoyed the few songs you may have caught on the radio then snap this album up and if you haven't heard of this great band yet I would suggest you give it a try, you will pleasantly surprised.

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on 3 October 2012
Received this album a few weeks back as a birthday present. Having loved the singles, I knew I wasn't going to be disappointed. In fact, this band are far more deep than the singles let show. This album varies a lot, whilst keeping the amazing factor cranked up.

This veritable feast kicks off with an appetiser, a sweet quirky little track which also shows off singer/bassits Shingais vocal talent. Next is Don't Upset The Rhythm, their big, famous single. On a powerful stereo this song really comes to life more than the radio could ever catch. Other hit Wild Young Hearts follows, which is a real toe tapper, lively as well.

After 2 very bouncy songs, 24 hours tells the story of Shangais relationship which has just finished "24 hours ago". Every Now And Then will stick in your head for ages. Beat Of My Heart is upbeat again, Atticus slows it down again. Never Forget You is full of Retro Chic.

The rest is also amazing, however I could go on for ages. In short, this album is a real achievement in music, set to be a modern classic!
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on 30 May 2009
this is a funky,upbeat album which i bought for the smash hit single 'don't upset the ryhthm'alone.this is probably the most commercial track on the album.however,it is an excellent album with some very catchy tracks that you'll play again and least favourite track is the first one,'sometimes'[which has some very strange vocals for the first few seconds!].the title track and 'every now and then'are excellent and '24 hours'is haunting.there is a mixture of jazz,funk,dance,R&B and roots to suit everyones taste on this'll especially love this album if you like Amy Whinehouse and the lead singer has a beautiful pure voice similar to Syke-from the band Morcheeba.It's just a shame the album wasn't a bit longer as it's just over 40 and a half minutes long,but this is one of the best albums of 2009 in my opinion which is why i've given it 5 stars.
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on 10 September 2009
The Noisettes are fantastic, their music is full of energy. Such a gentle, yet powerful voice, and incredible live!!! I saw this band last summer at the 'Subway Festival' in Clapham Common at the 'Action Against Hunger' mini festival. I searched high and low for this album, but I was a year too early!

Noisettes, if you like Norah Jones, many of the gentle tones and melodies are in this, but there's a punch to it like Lady Gaga, especially in 'Don't upset the rhythm (Go baby go)'. The band with her are a blast on stage too, this isnt just acoustic, its a great infusion of subtle and high energy music too. This lady has her own sound though, and its beautiful and enchanting, and I would highly recommend seeing them live as if a year out there performing since I saw them, they must be burning up the stage by now... a must buy!

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