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Sparks of Brilliance,
This review is from: The Freedom Spark (Audio CD)
I first discovered larrikin love via the ever reliable wires of the internet some months ago, but my interest in the band only has really grown since i saw them supporting the Kooks in cardiff about 2 weeks ago. The live show was a welcome break from so many moody indie bands, with the band seeming to have to time of their life, and this mutual enjoyment has very much transferred to CD.
It is a great album, filled with several moments of inspiration, notably on the best tracks- Downing Street Kindling, Happy as Annie and Edwould are the stand out tracks which combine edgy guitar riffs which although inspired by indie seem to sound somewhat more open and more free, with a penchant for Morrisey-esque lyrics and pete doherty sounding delivery.
'Everything that i adore, came well before, 1984'
Edward Larrikin(probably not his real surname) also has lyrics which touch upon many the romantic visions of Albion that the libertines did-
'Well I would lie on pebbles lavishly but London's pebbles are dirt'
Although there are one or two songs which are no more than album songs, and the exclusion of the Brilliant demo song little boy lost(find it, get it!)is inexplicable, as well as Calypso,the album is overall a great listen.
Although i write as if Larrikin Love are covered by the sum of their influences, they manage to make a sound that is more than unique enough to stand up on its own, and that makes thisa great album, one of the better indie albums of this year.