TRACKLISTING: 1. Every Goliath Has Its David 2. A Balloon on a Broken String
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When The Boy Least Likely To emerged from their Wendover hideaway back in 2004, lots of people who like music got very excited. Now this tends to happen quite a lot, but in this instance the excited people had good reason. A trail of 7" singles had dropped some hints that something special was happening out in a small village in Buckinghamshire, but the release of their debut album The Best Party Ever made it abundantly clear that Pete Hobbs (music, instruments) and Jof Owen (words, voice) were a Very Good Indie Pop Band.
Initially released on their own Too Young To Die imprint (and later re-released by Simon Fuller's 19 Records) The Best Party Ever was constructed from glistening melodies, glockenspiels, guitars, recorders and insightful lyrics informed by an awareness of mortality and a loss of innocence. It reminded people of Dexy's Midnight Runners, Belle & Sebastian and The Beach Boys. All over the world, it made people who love these kind of things very happy.
The Law Of The Playground is the second album from The Boy Least Likely To. Pete and Jof wanted it to have been released sooner, but it wasn't to be. Originally the album was scheduled to be released last Summer, but when the band had finished recording, they took the album in to their record label, only to be told that the label didn’t exist anymore, and that they had no intention of releasing the record. Stuck signed to a label that wasn’t a label anymore, the band spent the rest of the year trying to get the record back so they could release it themselves, twiddling their thumbs, writing more songs and wondering if anyone would ever get to hear them....
Filled with existential doubt and a feeling of disorientation, the new album follows their attempts to return to something lost along the way. If The Best Party Ever was the sound of a band chancing their way up the ladders, then The Law Of The Playground finds them merrily sliding back down the snakes. Musically they exemplify the same playful wide eyed indie pop as on their debut album, but lyrically the album is darker and more isolated.
never has such a whimsically introspective record sounded so damn gleeful. The Law Of The Playground is as packed full of the same mischievous energy as its predecessor, which, as with their debut, offers a perfect foil to the downbeat lyrical concerns. this album was simply too good to be left to gather dust on a shelf. The Boy Least Likely To were given their music back, they have resurrected their Too Young To Die imprint and are releasing the album themselves.
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