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8/10 Mike Staff review, 09 May 2012
My first impression on hearing the opening track on here is that it's some kind of '80s pop worship with the likes of Spandau Ballet and A-ha clearly being massive influences on their slick, bouncy synthpop aesthetic. It's very lush and well produced and accurately captures that '80s feel, but perhaps sometimes to the point where it feels a perhaps a little too studious, like the clinical deadpan electro-funk of 'Drakes' which perhaps captures the plasticky impermanence of the era a little too perfectly for my liking, although there is at least a bit of a concession to modern times here with some weird submerged beats in places. If you like '80s synthetic soulpop you'll probably like this too. Closer 'Dashing In Passing' offers the most interesting moment with a slo-bounce chorus that takes us into bloopy cod-reggae territory with interesting results, recalling 10cc at their more upbeat, but it's still all rather serious. Nice production and decent tunes but I do kinda wish they sounded like they were having more fun.
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