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Waited Up Till It Was Light by Johnny Foreigner
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9/10 Brian 29 May 2008
When under pressure all I can do to stop myself hurling everything at Phil's head & running away in tears is talk bollocks. I'd like to review the new Johnny Foreigner album with precision, clarity & passion but all I can do is think of a muscular, cape sporting Los Campesinos biting J Mascis' ankles and laughing at the fact he's turned into a bizarre old grey haired witch with Jonathan King specs. Kill yr Idols. That's what "der yoof" said. I don't think the US underground 15-20 years ago could be prepared for the sheer scale of influence it's had on Britain's youngsters over the years. The first & second waves came, entertained & went in the 90's but there is one forgotten band that are probably the most dynamically consequential on this Brum based 3 strong clan (possibly unbeknownst even to them!) and that's off-kilter Scots indie punkers Uresei Yatsura who were like a fuzzed up bomb of sugary melodies & exuberant feedback but were lumbered with an awkward moniker & unruly ginger hair so were obviously doomed. So it's up to the new breed a decade later to make up the slack by producing this brilliant, hook-laden, whirlwind-inducing alt-pop contained on 'Waited Up Till it Was Light', the singularly most energetic and joy filled indie album i've heard all year. it's music that just bounces off itself, such is the sheer momentum and spirit, harmonies crashing & colliding all over the shop, neat tempo changes & some of the TIGHTEST playing i've heard in some time! Can't believe they've been together barely 18 months. Incredible stuff! It's 10 times more hyper, improbably fast & detailed than i'm used to for I suspect these boys & girls are plugged into the mains, obviously. I do so hope this band never grow out of shorts. They're absolutely insane with the joys of life & music!- x Brian


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