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Stylish, soulful and dirty
on 23 October 2009
I heard one track of theirs on one of Mark Lamarr's ever-excellent Radio 2 shows, and went straight out and bought the CD the next day. Everything about their unusual brand of bone-rattling, darkly thumping driving soulful rock, speaks to the fan in me of 60s and 70s deep soul and crazy 60s garage, Audioslave, Living Colour, motorcycle gangs in the mould of "The Wild One", and so on and on. There's so much going on in there that I can't, as it were, look away for a moment. The best tracks stand playing over and over again and have their own unique flavours. These are "Oh no not you again!", "Sixteen" and "How you like me now?" by a mile.
The only thing that lets the album down is, in a way, also its strength - that schizophrenic indecision about who they are. When a band really comes together its because their influences are streaming nicely and consistently into the music they've decided to play; underpinning it, but not sat bulkily on the surface. There's a countryish track in there, and a dub track, and neither really work: the sources are too obvious - that pot of ingredients hasn't boiled away nearly long enough. But those three great tracks are so brazenly brilliant, such complete representations of what The Heavy are about, that I forgive them the odd wasted filler track and the underwhelming closing song. Definitely, one to watch. Nice backing vocals from the Noisettes' lead singer, too.