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Good, but not as good as I hoped.
on 31 May 2008
I loved 'Wait for Me', the first album by the Pigeon Detectives. Almost every tune was catchy, with a strong chorus and a sing-a-long quality that makes every listening equally enjoyable. I had high hopes, therefore, for 'Emergency', the second album by the same band.
And it's good. Tracks like "She's gone" and "I'm a Liar" are toe-tappingly great, and you'll be humming them all day. The album is also more diverse, which might not necessarily be a good thing: there are a few slower numbers that, although decent enough, aren't quite the Pigeon Detectives' forte.
What I was disappointed with was the way that with some songs, they seem to have lost their ability to fashion a sing-a-long chorus, but with others, they try too hard to make it so. For example, "I'm a Liar" features one of the best verses you'll here from the Detectives, but it's somewhat spoiled by the forced "Ba-da-dum!" chorus. Still a great song, but not as fantastic as it could've been.
And that sums up the whole album really. It's by no means bad - none of the songs are tedious or boring, and there a few absolute gems. In fact, it's good. But there was the potential for it to be great, and that has in many places been missed.
Bear in mind that this is all a matter of taste. Many listeners may love the different style of chorus, or the slower songs, and that's fine. But for me personally, "Emergency" wasn't as brilliant as I had originally hoped.