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I was rather taken by Part Time’s previous album ‘What Would You Say’, which presented a kind of modern bedroom take on classic uplifting ‘80s soft pop and yet somehow avoided the cloying and cheesy pitfalls thanks to a great ear for a hook and some well chosen chord changes. Now he’s back with a second album with slicker production but all the necessary parts still present and correct, channelling the great romantics of the era like The Smiths, The Cure, Pet Shop Boys and Roxy Music, sometimes wearing his influences on his sleeve to the point of near-pastiche.
The delivery is quite casual and restrained so he never really delves into the queasily saccharine territory inhabited by bands like Passion Pit although make no mistake, this is pure pop - sometimes delivered on nostalgic synths like the pulsating ‘Night Drive’, other times taking a more guitarry Smiths angle like on ‘I Belong To You’, but the tracks are united by a clear melodic vision which keeps any of them from sounding out of place despite the variety of instrumentation. I’m not sure it’s quite as brilliant as the first album (although it could just be that I’m more familiar with that one) but either way there are definitely some real gems on here. Recommended if you like simple, earnest, ‘80s obsessed pop.
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