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The Long Blondes release their second album 'Couples' thru' Rough Trade and it's a right old new wave party banger. Apparently the singer is a model. She needs to sort out her eye make up on the front of this week's Artrocker I reckon. It looks like an alien has been doing something rude to her....ahem. The thing I never noticed about the single' Century' was its brief similarity to 'Echo Beach', ...

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Couples by The Long Blondes
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 03 April 2008
The Long Blondes release their second album 'Couples' thru' Rough Trade and it's a right old new wave party banger. Apparently the singer is a model. She needs to sort out her eye make up on the front of this week's Artrocker I reckon. It looks like an alien has been doing something rude to her....ahem. The thing I never noticed about the single' Century' was its brief similarity to 'Echo Beach', a well loved indie disco hit. Well, I loved it. It begins with said single, continuing in a strutting pop vein with the Chic-esque disco stepper 'Guilt', full of classic hooks & unmistakably the work of this Sheffield quintet. 'The Couples' is more old school 'Blondes, foot tapping indie pop. Then it goes new wave disco for 'I Liked the Boys'. There's even shades of lo-fi glam/goth stomp on here, a right melting pot of styles with some really familiar touches, then you realize they're all lifted from those legendary 80's hits you'd almost forgotten about, then shoehorned into an album that almost manages to reference Siouxsie & the Banshees in the same breath as Giorgio Moroder! Timeless Northern pop that refuses to stick to the indie guitar template but also manages to avoid the disposable pitfalls that dog popular music. Just a well rounded album that grows with each listen. That lady has the sultriest voice in Yorkshire too. Grrrrr!

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