Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Radar's of the pop charts


IT'S clear to see who's on Beat The Radar's radar on To The City From The Sea.
Because the Cumbrian quartet play jangly indie pop that sounds so familiar you could stick a bunch of flowers down the back of its trousers and call it a long lost Jarman brother.
The Smiths and The Cribs loom large throughout, and there's a running game of spot the derivative - with hints of Buzzcocks on Telephone Conversation and early Blur on Stars among many others.
Not that it's a bad thing - this is an old-fashioned debut by the sort of sincere guitar band that are hard to come by these days.
But it's hard to wax lyrical about an album that just doesn't do anything new - however well it does it.

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