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  • Vinyl (12 Dec. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Melodic
  • ASIN: B005SR0X52
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

Detractors of indie-pop tend to dismiss the genre’s bands and their repertoires as samey, and it’s fair to say that propagating an ‘original’ creation from the golden triangle of guitar, bass and drums isn’t easy. Frequently, though, bands disguise a lack of originality with a vast arsenal of instrumental weaponry. What Standard Fare do feels more honest: they’re not trying to change the world; they are trying to make you pogo away your woes with them on the dancefloor.

The Sheffield trio’s 2010 debut, The Noyelle Beat, wasn’t earth shattering but it proved them to be very competent songwriters – opener Love Doesn’t Just Stop was a soaring heartbreaker, while Fifteen was bloody good punkish-pop fun. Nothing on follow-up, Out of Sight, Out of Town, is quite as memorable as those two, yet it hangs together better as an album.

The production, strong on their debut, is stronger still here, the clarity and punch of each instrument easily shrugging off the lo-fi leanings of many peers. While an intimate atmosphere remains, the guitar is less discreetly multi-tracked, giving a bigger sound. This fits well with the album’s compelling momentum; it hardly pauses for breath, drums gallop apace, the Morse-coded bass racing to keep up. Close your eyes on 05 11 07 and you’re rushing forwards on the train mentioned in the song, at a window seat with Emma Cooper as she proclaims, "I don’t care where we are going," guitarist Danny How echoing her words longingly in the background.

Not overused, these girl-boy vocals produce a wonderful contrast: How’s voice is fairly smooth and delicate, while Cooper’s is by comparison throaty, chirpy, with more of a northern edge. This works best in Dead Future as they both call out, "Ba-ba-baba-bite my tongue". Curiously, when How takes the lead vocal on Call Me Up, it turns out to be the highlight; offering no-strings sex with the warning not to look for love, this 90s-style indie-rocker blasts through verse and chorus twice in a minute-thirty, then gives the last half over to a glorious guitar-drenched finale.

Despite a few divergences from the usual lovelorn theme – there’s the nuclear holocaust scenario of Suitcase and a lament over a long-lost sibling in Half Sister – Out of Sight, Out of Town is clear-cut fun, delivered at a frantic pace with a healthy dose of bittersweet angst.

--Darren Loucaides

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The second album from this excellent 3 piece indie rock band. I really loved their first album which had some cracking songs on it albeit (in retrospect) viewed as a whole it was a bit patchy in places, but nevertheless still worth its 5 star rating.
This new album is similarly both brilliant but also at times lacks consistency, but then having said that even when they're not always hitting the mark they're still very listenable and better than most in their field.
I think this album, generally, is a bit heavier than "The Noyelle Beat" with the guitars and drums being more to the fore. This is very obvious on "051107" and "suitcase" which both rattle along at breakneck speed and are very catchy indeed. There's the usual female/male vocal interplay between Emma & Dan including an unusual (but very clever) harmony on 051107 plus some nice brass touches.
There's nothing on this album quite as outstanding as "fifteen", "dancing" or "Philadelphia" but there are still some pretty close contenders e.g "crystal palatial" is excellent and although "call me up" starts quietly the ending is frenetically top notch.
In conclusion there's just something inherently likeable/loveable about this band (hence my 5 star rating again, probably should be 4.5) and although they've still yet to produce a classic album I don't think it'll be too far away now?
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just thought I'd chip in, and say I recently saw this band supporting the Lovely Eggs, and they were ace. I then bought this album, and it really is very good. I don't want to say its like x + y with a little bit of z (in a lift), but there's defo Belle and Sabastian sweetness tones in the lyrics, with extra and very much welcome twang. I'll stop now. Just buy it and support decent music. Then go and see them.
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Lovely record, thoroughly enjoyable. Step forward from their first album, most notably the fun 'Darth vader'.
Great shame they've broken up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just makes the day better 13 Feb. 2014
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Standard Fare has a way of making happy music that is probably considered Brit pop/punk. As I found out from my daughter the singer's voice is not for everyone but I think it gives the music an edge to it. This album is similar to the first one with a few more musical twists. I loved their first album so I loved this one.
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