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The very first time I heard this album, I loved it. There was something about it that set it apart from so many albums I listen to which sound fairly good, but fail to leave a lasting impact. "Baby" is a big, brash, catchy, loud indie album with plenty of purposely written anthems which, like it or not, definitely stick in your mind. Thankfully, I like it. This Camden foursome have managed to produce a very strong début which, although not many people are going to list amongst the best first albums of all time, manages to stand out as one of the most enjoyable indie albums of the year. Not bad for your first attempt. There are a handful of stone-clad classics here as well - "Sappho" has a big Nirvana/Pixies sound, superb lyrics and could have been a guaranteed top ten hit in either the 70s or the 90s, "Himalaya" has a sound as big as its name suggests and "Bad Apple" packs a powerful punch to close the album on a very high note. I think Tribes have to raise their game to seriously become a major success, but this is an extremely promising start and an album I've enjoyed coming back to time and time again this year. I still love it!