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The magic is fading - the rhythm has been upset
on 10 October 2012
Anyone buying this album on the strength of what has gone before will be left a bit deflated.
Songs like 'Wild Young Hearts', 'Don't Upset the Rhythm' and 'Don't Give up' are simply not here.
The whole thing feels a bit, well, safe. There is nothing here to give Shingai Shoniwa's amazing voice a real test of its talents. The songs all feel like the sort of thing that 6th form students might write - pleasant but unchallenging.
There is no doubt as to the musical skills of this band ... but the evidence is not there on this album. Lots of other bands are doing this sort of thing much better.
If you are new to the Noisettes try their earlier albums before this one for a taste of what the band CAN (could?) do - those who already know the band could do worse than to try The Bellrays ('Meet the Bellrays' or most recent outing 'Black Lightning') for the sort of thrills a good voice can bring.
Here's hoping that The Noisettes rediscover their mojo soon - or at least that Shingai gets a guest vocal slot with someone like the Black Keys!