Vinyl LP £13.99 2764408
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- Last Night On Earth by Noah And The Whale
Now here's a shock for you, I was quite taken with Noah and The Whale's debut and their ubiquitous hit 'Five Years Time' particularly after seeing them cheer everyone up at a miserable festival with their sunny pop ditty's. My high hopes for their second album were dashed when 'First Day of spring' emerged only to sound like the incessant whining's of a self obsessed teenager dumped by his girlfriend (albeit Laura Marling). Those hoping for a return to form with this new effort will be horrified by 'Tonight's the Kind of Night' which aims at Triffids style widescreen production but its chorus sounds more like 'Tonight I'm Yours' era Rod Stewart massacring a Bruce Springsteen B Side. It is unremittingly, unrelentingly awful. The single 'L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N' is catchy enough and recalls early Deacon Blue (no, come back that's not 100% a criticism) but it is as irritating as its title is to type. Things pick up a little with 'Wild Thing' which does manage to successfully sound like The Triffids but the 'Summer of 69' aping 'Give it all Back' is where this album gets taken off the stereo never to return. The suits at Mercury are obviously pushing these in a commercial direction, it may yield a bit of Radio 2 airplay and a few lighters in the air summer festival appearances but its horrible to listen to.
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