Here's the new New Rhodes album called 'Everybody Loves a Scene'. The first track starts out like a dead ringer for Bryan Adams 'Summer of 69' then proceeds to move into something less familar but also less memorable. It does the job, it has chords, words and then it ends. The second track is marginally better coming on slightly like jangly guitar bands in the 80's such as the Close Lobsters but the problem with this music is that its produced with the charts in mind and its so damn scrubbed towards an inch of its life that you are not really sure who it will appeal to other than those people who don't really like music and just want something on in the background to fill the deafening silence of the thoughts going on in their heads. Its sometimes difficult to see what the real difference is between this kind of stuff and Scouting for Girls, they certainly need to take more chances with their music because its sits in an awkward place. The songs aren't strong enough to be radio hits and not interesting enough to even appeal to fans of the likes of The Futureheads. Occasionally theres an interesting Smiths like chord change or melodic turn of phrase but mainly you are fully aware of what will come next. At times you are convinced you are listening to Maximo Parks even blander third album where everything that is interesting about them has been scrubbed away. Its not as if New Rhodes to anything wrong - its acceptable radio indie pop - its just........what is the point?
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