Top critical review
Catchy but ultimately unsatisfying
on 24 September 2004
I bought this album at the same time as the Libertine's Up the Bracket having heard of the connection between the two and wanting to see what the fuss was all about. Initially I was very impressed with Razorlight. They have some really catchy numbers and on first listen you think they're going to be something really special. Songs like "Don't Go Back to Dalston" and their single "Golden Touch" stand out immediately. They're no denying that these are well put together pop songs with a bit of a punk/indie edge to them. But there's something very flat about the whole thing - I like albums that reveal themselves more and more as you listen to them. The problem with Razorlight is that they write great pop songs that promise more, but just don't deliver. I have to admit that I'm also put off by Jonny Borrell's arrogance about the quality of the album: it makes you want to say "listen mate, you're not THAT good".
Overall I'd recommend this if you want a feelgood well-produced album of guitar pop. But I just don't think they're going to be your new favourite band, and this CD isn't going to stay in your CD player. The Libertines album that I bought at the same time as this has become a real favourite and I keep going back to that again and again. Unfortunately I just don't feel the same about this album