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This review is from: About What You Know (Audio CD)
One of many bands to hone their skills by continuous live gigging, coming from the Steel City and thus drawing inevitable comparisons to other more or less successful Yorkshire bands, Little Man Tate have managed to create a sound both familiar and fresh. What can only be described as bluesy guitar indie-pop, with solid rhythms and noticeable basslines, is enlivened by zeitgeisty lyrics which hold a mirror to the youth of today, who party, have uncomplicated sex and booze the night away - sometimes at the same time, sometimes while falling in love.
The music will remind you of a million songs you've heard before, but that familiarity never resolves into a full-blown sense of deja-heard - in so doing, they are tapping creatively into a collective wealth of sounds from the postpunk era to the Manchester golden years. The lyrics and the apparent guilelessness of the singer's voice may make the wannabe sophisticated listener cringe, but behind the cover of simply writing 'About What He Knows' there is a combination of sharp observation, social critique for the playground and a deep well of sympathy for those outsider characters, the crossdressing football hooligan ('Court report'), the girls who pretend to bisexuality to make themselves attractive to boys ('Down on Marie'), abandon their boyfriends to go travelling ('European Lover') or live for the weekend or a one-night stand ('This Girl'). There is also first love ('Sexy in Latin', 'This Must Be Love') and an interesting diversion into Heat-magazine characters ('Who Invented These Lists', 'Little Big Man').
This is feelgood music that doesn't let go, from start to end.