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- Complete Surrender (single) by Slow Club
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 25 April 2014
Nice bit of synthy indie pop here on the latest 7" from Slow Club. 'Complete Surrender' is a dramatic and danceable disco-rock number with some nice shuddering synth drones, big soulful backing vocals and a relentlessly stomping kick and snare mixed loud alongside some subtly energetic hand drums. It's audaciously bold, slickly produced, genuinely very catchy, a bit Donna Summer, a bit MGMT, I might struggle with a whole album of this kind of thing but as a single this has got it all; hooks, energy, soul and a big, big sound.
On the other side we get the polar opposite, 'Don't Call Me Kid (Acoustic)', which lacks everything the A side has. It's a sad little ballad sung by their boy singer, with the girl who was vamping it up on the other side relegated to some softly-sung harmonies. It seems a bit insubstantial compared to the glossy perfection of the A side and feels a little anticlimactic as a result, but there's nothing actually wrong with it, it's a very pretty song. When you've just heard a band achieve the very difficult and belt a radio-pop anthem out of the park, who wants to follow that up with the band's other singer having a little cry? Not I. I'm just being fussy though, nothing wrong with either of these songs and the A side is a monster of unrestrained pop that's well worth a listen.
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