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on 30 July 2006
There are two things that really irritate me about the Indie/Rock music scene.

Firstly - the over-hyping of mediocre new bands by institutions like The NME and Radio 1. And Secondly, probably even moreso, the people who see this branch of music as purely a fashion accessory.

These jokers instantly take a disliking to a band once it receives too much hype and common folk start catching on. They will tell you the lyrics are not deep enough, the melodies are simple and the guitarist's rubbish - and then babble on about some new album 'not on general release' by a band you have never, and will never hear about. This all boils down to accessibility. If a band is accessible and some songs might actually be liked by your mum, it means they're going to get big - and our Indie fashion victims don't like that. You see, music can't be ultra popular and ultra trendy. If these guys were to admit they liked bands that have become mainstream, it would mock their belief that ordinary people can't be as highbrow as themselves when it comes to music appreciation - and we couldn't have that, could we?

This is Razorlight's problem, of course. They have become a little too mainstream - especially with the release and subsequent hype of their second album. Nevertheless, Up All Night is a really great album and certainly one of the best of this Millennium. It offers some true originality compared the other British offerings from this Genre, and more importantly, includes some fantastic songs. The title track, 'Up All Night' and 'Golden Touch' to name but two are fantastic tunes. Some will say too melodic, but what's wrong with a melody? Are The Beatles also to be marked down for the same reason?

If you genuinely like indie/rock for what it is, and aren't too concerned whether it's fashionable or 'underground' enough, then you will no doubt love Up All Night. Some of the later tracks take a few listens but there is very little on this album that won't have you appreciating seriously good, modern British music.
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