8/10 Dave Staff review, 14 October 2011
Veronica Falls' album is an almost perfect hark back to the golden days of indie rock. It upon first hearing sounds very much like the Pastels or something. It sounds quite twee and jangly...you can almost taste the triangle-shaped sandwiches and antique books from here. When you delve a little deeper however, you will find that theres something not quite right in Indieville. Whats this? Dark lyrics? Songs about suicide? Slight goth leanings? I was pleasantly surprised by these more subversive elements. I mean who wants to listen to another LP by some band who are wetter than a fish's wet bits? Not I. It's good that Veronica Falls are pushing these slightly darker elements into their music. It's not all gloom and misery though. Far from it. The majority of this LP is hugely upbeat and direct. It also sounds great. The guitars chime and have a zing that is missing from a number of indie acts that I can't be arsed to mention. The tambourine and percussion is crystal clear. The vocals are heartfelt and sit very nicely in the mix. It's a solid album. My favourite song is the opening track “Found Love In a Graveyard” which is spiky and uptempo and has ace vocals. Another fave is the quite macabre “Beachy Head” which is an ode to a suicide hotspot in the south of England. The album doesn't have many bad moments actually. It's a consistent and strong set of songs. The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart set watch out...these Lahndonnaahss are out to steal your indie rock crown. An impressive, surprisingly moody slice of indie pie...
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