6/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 August 2012
I don’t know how this has happened but at least three of us recognise immediately the first song on this, seemingly without having previously heard it. ‘Lightning Strikes’ is a very strong opener, a direct cross between Junior Boys and MGMT with a wonderfully catchy chorus whose sole aim is to get stuck into your head for the remainder of the day.
Their sound builds upon the ‘80s yacht rock leanings of the likes of Empire of the Sun and Phoenix, based around squeaky synths, basic drum machines but with an ear for the catchy hook. ‘Night School’ recalls a lo-fidelity Hall and Oates though very quickly as the album wears on I’m getting more and more worried. It starts veering into a smooth-rock early ‘80s American new wave feel somewhere between Kim Wilde’s early gleaming take on power pop, smooth Talking Heads workouts and the Steve Miller Band.
The strident Lindsey Buckingham-like ‘Fifth Business’ is possibly a hit in waiting though it’s debatable how much the world needs another band mining this already over-familiar ‘80s yacht rock seam but with one or two exceptions never supplying the killer hooks necessary to elevate it above pointless. That all said dig ‘Lightning Strikes’ out of the dirt, it really is most excellent.
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