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Dirty, yet pretty,
This review is from: Baby Darling Doll Face Honey (Audio CD)
This particular band are picking up speed with every step at the moment. It seems the more you hear, the more gigs you appear at, the better they sound and the more attention they seem to soak up. Take Reading Festival 2010 for example. I made the mistake of thinking they were a little bit underground and unknown for many people to be there and so made my way over to the NME tent just in time for their set to begin. But I was shocked by the amount of people present, singing with their hands in the air and rocking out everywhere.
How to describe them escapes me...think Von Bondies, Kings of Leon and White Stripes in a blender. From the very beginning of the album they grab you by the sweat-drenched t-shirt and make you scream the lyrics. "Light of the Morning" is certainly not the strongest song of the album, but is by no means the kind of track that makes you jump for the skip button. "Death by Diamonds and Pearls" is where you really hear their talent. The fantastic muddy sound of the guitar and bass, along with the slow, crashing drums and the male/female mix of vocals.
They then take a more downbeat, minimalist approach with the amazing "I Know What I Am", "Fires" and "Honest". Of the three, it's the former that really makes you stomp your feet and then forces a smile onto your face with a genuinely dirty, crispy solo.
"Patterns", "Hollywood Bowl" and "Bomb" turn a dark corner, bringing out the heavy weight subject matter, before their Kings of Leon influence rears it's unmistakeable head in "Impossible" and "Blood".
After this, you should be feeling tired and the final two tracks of the album bring the pace down to a crawl. "Dull Gold Heart" and "Cold Fame" are sleeper tracks and give the impression that the band has just roared through a whole set of tracks and has saved the chilled material for the end. Lighters in the air please!