A cracking new full length from Lucky Soul entitled Hard Lines. A quality ten track record that combines the fruity youthfulness of many noughties styles, the ever progressive indie-pop scene and nostalgic hints of the disco years. Available on coloured vinyl double LP, black vinyl LP and CD.
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Oh boy! So this is Hard Lines by Lucky Soul, blaring its opening burst of disco synth and funk guitar into my jaded ears through beleaguered headphones. It’s a bit louder than the usual mix of ambient drone / classicisms I’m used to, you see. Opening salvo ‘More Like Mavis’ is an energetic burst of fun: rubbery bass and a pretty voice channeling early Madonna, or maybe… Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Possibly a Norman Review First that, a mention for the ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ singer. I’m pretty sure I don’t know this ‘Mavis’ character but by now we’ll all wish we did.
The band have a clear knowledge of the Italo sound and pioneers like disco-funk genius Nile Rogers, with subtle production references bubbling under the super-shiny pop dance polish. ‘No Ti Amo’ is a fantastic tune; seven minutes of Balearic-tinged, dazzlingly sunny dancefloor romanticism harking back to all the best bits of the classic 70s, 80s and 90s. ‘Too Much’ blends ‘Lucky Star’ era Madge with ‘Groovejet’ by late ‘90s sensation Spiller.
Ali Howard’s voice bears more than a passing resemblance to the wonderful Carly Simon, on the album’s title track. It’s a slinky, slower, more soulful number. Meanwhile, ‘(Hurts Like A) Bee Sting’ has echoes of ‘70s disco-pop tragedies, like say, the Bee Gees or Andrea True Connection. So yeah, I’m enjoying this record way more than I or anyone in this office might have expected. Given that this space is an unlikely scene for my best moves, I’d better sign off here. I’ll sum up, though: ‘Hard Lines’ is a very good pop record with some great tunes and it may just get you out of your chair. What, stranger things have happened.
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