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Someone To Drive You Home

6 Nov. 2006 | Format: MP3

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This first album from the LBs-longawaited and anticipated-does not disappoint.Kate Jackson,stylish recipient of a coveted Sexiest Woman Award at the NME Shockwaves Awards in February this year,is a star in the making. She preens,sings intelligently,soaringly and with sweet irony on every track listed on this album.

The opener has Kate singing a la Dietrich,fronting a bouncy beat,neurotic jangly guitars and an irresistable chorus featuring three tragic female icons' names shouted/sung loudly and obsessively.These catch the listeners'ears straight away. We feel for Kate in this song,which rattles along at a fast pace,but never really finds a satisfactory conclusion.

A beseeching Kate in the final bars of this song makes it sophisticated art-pop at its best.

There are twelve songs on this album,of which "Once And Never Again" and "Madame Ray"(about Man Ray's muse and lover,Lee Miller)are my favourite tracks.The first-mentioned song starts with Kate giving her worldly advice to a young girl.."Nineteen,you're only nineteen for God's sake-you don't need a boyfriend",and ending "Oh how I'd love to feel a girl your age-your age....once and never again," suprising the listener with this

twist in the last line.We smile at the words.I found myself whistling this irresistably catchy one at odd moments throughout the day.

"I know all about fear and desire",sings Kate knowingly in the aforementioned "Lust In The Movies."

"Only Lovers Left Alive"is delicious to listen to,and will make you smile,like sweet Turkish delight.Listen up!

Shades of The Pipettes in "Giddy Stratospheres"question and answer section,an indie Phil Spectorish touch which works surprisingly well.
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They sound a lot like a female version of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions - a Smiths influenced 80s band who used lots of pop cultural name drops in their lyrics.

It's very immediate and jangly poppy which makes me doubt I'll be listening to them for years to come, but for now they're one of my favourites.

The stand out track is "Once and Never Again," which is a plea to a 19 year girl not to waste her time getting a boyfriend (there's a lesbian subtext but I think you're reaching if you believe it).

If lyrics are important to you, then I fully recommend this band. Strangely most of the lyrics were written by a man, which makes them even more impressive than they already are, as they're very female centric.

If you enjoyed this then you should get Lloyd Cole and the Commotions excellent album "Rattlesnakes" as a male companion piece to the Long Blondes. And then turn it into a trilogy by buying Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" album.

NOTE 15/7/08: I've had this album for about a year now, and I'm still listening to it about once or twice a month. It has held up well over time. I'm no closer to getting bored of it than I was the day I first heard it.

NOTE 24/11/11: I'm still listening to it their full discography. A great band who sound as good today as they did all those years ago.
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Edie Sedgwick!Anna Karenina!Arlene Dahl! I just want to be a sweetheart!

The second you hear the first chorus of opener "Lust In The Movies", you can tell that The Long Blondes are a band that miss the 60's and want to bring a little bit of glamour and fashion back into the indie genre of music. And the first chorus is one of the best chorus' I've heard all year.

I'll be blunt with you, I couldn't stand the Long Blondes before I heard this album. I'd heard a demo of the song "Once and Never Again" and it annoyed me a lot. I also didn't like the general persona of the band, but I think in truth, they're in it for the music. Another good thing is that the album version of "Once And Never Again" is a lot more impressive, less annoying, less tedious, and overall an exciting track.

But those aren't the only positives you can take out of this album. The main thing that stands out is the charisma of Kate Jackson, she knows that she's got something special and she reaches the notes that some would deem to be impossible (see: Seperated by Motorways). She should have topped the NME cool list.

Every song is about love, relationships, idolism,and fun, the word that sums the album up into a nutshell. Fun.

"Lust In The Movies" is the perfect opener. Energetic, ecsatic, exhilirating, over the top, stunning, every positive adjective that you could think of.

"Giddy Statospheres" shows the band taking a more 80's synth route, this 5 minute wonder grabs the listener by the throat and screams potential at them. The Long Blondes could be around for a long time. Whether you like it or not. "You Could Have Both" is a gripping affair, with a chorus on one single note somehow becoming so similar to the most infectious pop that is around today.
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I disagree with those reviews that describe The Long Blondes as unoriginal. I'm a fan of Indie music in general, but there are an awful lot of similar-sounding bands around at the moment and Someone To Drive You Home really stands out for me.

Kate Jackson's voice is very striking and lends an even darker tone to the wonderfully barbed lyrics. The songs very much from a female perspective, which may not appeal to everyone, but for me it's a refreshing change from the abundance of male-fronted Indie bands around right now.
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