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4.0 out of 5 stars This Many Stars, 8 Oct. 2012
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Gannon (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: This Many Boyfriends (Audio CD)
If you were to take equal parts the dry British lyricism of, perhaps, Pulp and, say, the scruffy retro delivery of Let's Wrestle, dress the delightful indie/pop hybrid in a vintage Vaselines shirt circa C86, have it knock out witty art-punk called, for example, "I Don't Like You (`Cos You Don't Like The Pastels)" or otherwise cutesy yet scrappy, sub-three-minute blasts of melody, you'd have most of the major components for a posthumous Kurt Cobain endorsement, right? You'd also have rough-and-ready Leeds-based lads This Many Boyfriends.

It goes without saying that this is all only as suitable as it should be for a band named after a track by playful 80s DIY indie-punk outfit Beat Happening, who, along with The Pastels of course, are far from the only band to be referenced or name-checked during this tight self-titled debut, on which, rather obviously, Ryan Jarman has been roped in for production duty. The wry and excellent "(I Should Be A) Communist" existed well before Jarman's stint at the controls, but wow doesn't it hark back to 2004 when The Cribs were still good all the same?

Truth be told there are few surprises here, but when the boys strike energetic, ramshackle gold like "Young Lovers Go Pop!", as well as the tin-pot would-be Strokes cover "Starling", it's impossible not to shake your awkward indie rear to their jangling riffs. And, when it's delivered with as large a beam as that which comes free with the joyous levelling of schoolyard bullying that is "That's What Diaries Are For" you can hear another rustle from beyond the grave too - John Peel smiling himself to sleep eternal - and endorsements don't come much better than that. Oh, and a lot if sounds like The Fall too - what are you waiting for?

Advised downloads: "(I Should Be A) Communist" and "Young Lovers Go Pop!".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old school Indie pop, 11 Nov. 2012
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Lyn (SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I love this album- so does my 6 year old daughter. We love the bouncing songs, thoughtful, funny lyrics, and great sense of fun and enjoyment. As a Morrissey fan, I particularly love tracks like I Should be A Communist, with its talk of decadence and sartorial issues. A lovely Leeds band- check out the Communist video too- it's a homemade Youtube classic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get on this!, 19 May 2013
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Catchy cool, underdog indie pop from West Yorkshire!
These guys have been around for a while and this album is a great statement of intent. More hooks than a fishing convention, you'll be humming and singing this all day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boyfriend overload, 18 Jun. 2014
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Peter Hill ""yoghurtknitter"" (Waterville Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Gannon's excellent review says it all really so i'm going to be lazy and say this album is everything Gannon said plus (as no-one appears to have mentioned?) how uncanny it is that the vocalist sounds so much like Morrissey.
He does tend to lose the comparison on the more uptempo/faster songs such as the incredibly catchy Pastels track and 'That's what diaries are for' where they do a pretty passable Sultans of Ping (FC?) impression.
Very enjoyable providing you don't hate Stephen's voice!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant debut, 4 Nov. 2012
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Brilliant debut album - every song a 3 minute pop classic. A great sound, great production, great energy, in all a great record....
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP TOP TOP, 21 Nov. 2012
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Fantastic CD from a fabulous new band. They deserve to be very very successful. Buy it for all your indie kid friends and family
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 29 Nov. 2012
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As the drummer is my cousin i really enjoy this kind of music and fully recomend it.
Bouncy, funny, cool to listen to
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