added: 23 Mar 2008
// release date: 21 Mar 2008 // label: Polydor
reviewer: Music-News.com Newsdesk
This is completely different from previous Guillemots output. Loaded with confidence and with the sheer joy of playing this has all the essential drama that make Indie Rock work – without the emotion it is simply flat and drab, two words that cannot be used here!
The opener, ‘Kriss Kross’, is an explosion of arabesque rhythms, with a down and dirty bassline and all the excitement of a James Bond movie trailer: the electro boogie of ‘Big Dog’ almost coming as a let down after but not without its own charms. The album develops with seemingly a different style for each track – ‘Falling Out Of Reach’ has a gently strummed acoustic guitar under keening vocals and a generally soulful feel, ‘Get Over It’ is the first single and it has a huge sound full of keyboards and backing vocals and “Woo Hoo Hoo”s, a terrific slice of pop and then back into more electronica with ‘Clarion’.
The whole album is like a ‘That’s What I Call Music’ collection except it is all one band and the quality is better than the average pop collection.
Really this is just what you want from a serious band – lots of talent, good songs and enough variation to have something for everyone at one time or another.
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