6/10 Mike Staff review, 06 February 2014
The Let's Wrestles return this week with a new album on FortunaPOP!. They seem to have matured from their obnoxious early shamblepop into a more polished kind of indie-pop, tightly delivered and full of falsetto vocal harmonies. I'm eating tacos with my housemate and he just said it sounds like the Kaiser Chiefs and he doesn't think he'll be able to sit through the whole album. I actually think it's kind of an improvement though.
Some of the hooks here are genuinely catchy and the simply arranged songs have a bit of a '90s style to the production, the guitars ring big and sound a bit like The Jam and the bass and drums chug along in perfect unison. I quite like the marching band-esque brass in 'Care For You', which lends it a slightly Beatlesy feel, but there's a smugness about it that still jars with me. It gives me the same feeling I get listening to Vampire Weekend; that I'm listening to people who think they're clever making records for people they think are slightly less clever than them. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's not objectively bad but I don't find it very likeable. Perhaps you will, I'm a bit of a snob.
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