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Solid, Impressive, Except Track 1
on 18 November 2003
Track 1 is crap. There, it's said. Now I'll review the rest of the album.
The rest of this debut album is a very strong affair, with some very solid, disciplined, impressive indie rock tracks. The vocals are often breathy, but away from the mumbling of Alfie and co. The guitars throughout are majestic, with some uplifting riffs and impressive technique.
Venetial Blinds is the stand out track on first listen - the lyrics might not be brilliant but the music is. Played almost as a duet between singer and lead guitar, it seems to suggest it's telling a story, though we're left guessing as to what that story is. With a passing nod to Dinosaur Jr we're on to Hanging Around, another solid song which you might find yourself humming after a while. The songs are all very good quality, but the only whinge so far is a lack of standout tracks - there's nothing that will stick too long in the memory.
This continues as it goes through the second half of the album, Simple Fact is a more downbeat affair which doesn't bore, but is merely good. Meanest Sound, with a bit more bite hints at better things but ends up a consistent quality throughout. Consistency might sound bad, but 10 very good songs are better than a patchy affair.
And just to relieve any further doubt, the very last track, Upside Down, really does suggest this band can go far, with a raging emotional stadium-rock-tinged closer which stirs the soul and tugs at the heartstrings. This single song is one of the best album closers in a long time.
So Future Kings Of Spain. Excellent? Occasionally. Very Good? Almost Always. Crap? Track 1.