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But do they, does a tide end? Can you stop the tide coming in armed only with a bucket and spade? Who knows...but what I do know is that this lot wrote this album in an underground bunker listening to only Seal and Simply Red records. It’s a shame they didn’t take on board some of the softer sounds of those records on the first track which is a super pop song as if Stephin Merritt had suddenly had quite enough and stepped out of the shadows to write the full on chart busting ditty he is more than capable of. But the digital synths hurt my ears a bit.
‘Everything’s Fine’ is nice piece of yacht pop somewhere between Empire of the Sun and Washed Out. Very lovely in a kind of ‘84 boating holiday way. ‘Playboys of the Western World’ has a nice understated Pet Shop Boys vibe to it in sharp contrast to ‘Margot’ - a horribly over-produced nothingness. And therein lies the story of this record. When the production is too shiny it doesn’t work - it’s like it needs scuffing and scratching up a bit.
‘Weekenders’ is a lovely shimmering thing somewhere between OMD’s ‘Souvenir’ and China Crisis’s ‘Wishful Thinking’. Lovely, if of course absurdly derivative. Once you get halfway through they seem to be coming round to my way of thinking a bit - it’s all a little tougher and at various points recalls Wild Nothing. Still, overall, a little too slick for my tastes but it’s littered with several nicely ‘80s besotted tunes.
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