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1 review | 4 people love this record: be the 5th! If tweeness was a sport, Alpaca Sports would be gold medallists. I remember the opening track from 'Sealed With A Kiss', titled 'Just For Fun' coming out on 7" quite clearly, because Phil provoked a bit of an office debate by remarking that he'd never thought of kissing as being fun (to much indignance from everyone else). They have sing-song boy/girl vocals that sound a bit like they're being sun ... »

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Sealed With A Kiss by Alpaca Sports
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4 people love this record. Be the 5th!
7/10 Mike Staff review, 27 February 2014

If tweeness was a sport, Alpaca Sports would be gold medallists. I remember the opening track from 'Sealed With A Kiss', titled 'Just For Fun' coming out on 7" quite clearly, because Phil provoked a bit of an office debate by remarking that he'd never thought of kissing as being fun (to much indignance from everyone else). They have sing-song boy/girl vocals that sound a bit like they're being sung to a toddler, they have Johnny Marr sounding guitar (and a song called 'Just Like Johnny Marr'), they have lots of "ba-ba-ba" bits, and their songs are catchy and lighthearted to the point where you'll either love them or want to scratch out your ears.

I'm struggling to come up with any British bands that actually compare to this level of tweeness, but I'd imagine any frequenter of Indietracks would be able to come up with a list as long as your arm. The comparison I'm coming up with is that they're like a fluffier cross between compatriots The Wannadies and Alphabeat. Sometimes there's a bit of a Magic Numbersish thing going on. Pretty much all the songs are about wanting someone back. I just mistakenly thought they just sang "Every night I tried to write the perfect love song/The one that makes you sick", turns out I just misheard the word "stay". Other lyrical gems include "He doesn't even like you/Or know about the Popkiss seven inch", "I'm still going back to the place/where we spent the sunniest days/and we wrote our names in the old oak tree".

Basically this lot have no fear of cliche, and this album will be too syrupy for some people's tastes, but it's a lovingly crafted bit of neo-kitsch nonetheless and no doubt will be warmly received by those who like their indie-pop silky, pleasant and polite.


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