Thursday, January 15, 2009

No, Atoms


WITH Laura Marling and Noah And The Whale storming around the charts leaving critics agog last year, you would expect 2009 to be a prime time for the folk-pop of Oh, Atoms to break through.
Indeed, with the saccharine single Sugar Mouse featuring on rom' com' Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging's soundtrack and a few more hits such as the delicate This Is Not Your Song in reserve, the boy-girl duo could taste a little commercial success.
But for me their folk-pop LP, You Can't See The Stars From Here - which led to the group being described as the folk Ting Tings - falls short.
The nucleus is there, but at times the harmonies of band members Gwen Cheeseman and Marc Withecom can jar, and some of the songs can be a tad lightweight.

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