Blossoms are an indie band from Stockport. Their stock is rising fast in 2016: they came 4th in the BBC’s new music poll and their first single, At Most A Kiss shot to number one in the iTunes chart. Its follow-up Getaway also proved to be a success and they’ve wowed with an appearance on Later...with Jools Holland. Expect big things with their self-titled debut album.
Vinyl LP £18.60 VX3156
180g vinyl LP + booklet + insert on Virgin EMI.
CD £12.49 CDVY3156
Extended Edition CD on Virgin EMI. Includes 10 additional tracks.
Pictured on the sleeve in a pose that suggests they are trying to win an Embrace lookalike competition, Blossoms have been touted as the great new hope for British indie music but on opener ‘Charlemagne’ they come across as something like a cross between Suede and Howard Jones. It's as if Brett Anderson has been spun from his stupor and relocated to Nik Kershaw’s home studio circa '86.
The tune is as perky as you can get but the mixture of terrible sounding synths and even worse sounding guitars is a really weird combination for a band who are surely aimed at the post Oasis generation. There’s no doubt about the anthemic qualities of these songs though, each has a nursery rhyme like chorus but also on each the production would probably be deemed too tinny even for Stock Aitken and Waterman. As each track comes into play I realise that I know all of them. Every single one. Where I’ve heard them only my ears know. ‘Getaway’ is one of those classic post the Feeling type songs with a soft rock sheen and a chorus that will suit car adverts and X Factor montages with equal panache.
The impression that I'm left is a group who probably really want to be a rock band being fed through the production techniques of the Script however if the songs can survive such shameless streamlining then there must be something about them. It turns out Blossoms do have several tunes that will have local radio programmers dropping their Boy Meets Girl records in excitement.
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