Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Click Music Album Review

Produced by Owen Morris (Oasis, the Verve) this debut from one of the most hyped bands of 2006 was recorded in just two weeks. 'Hats Off To The Buskers' sets high expectations with its opener 'Comin Down'. This fast paced and hectic track being much heavier and more enjoyable than their poppier singles - pure rock 'n' roll heaven.

Second single release 'Superstar Tradesman' follows as a catchy, optimistic and high-energy track. Current single 'Same Jeans' is next, with a chorus reminiscent of a high-speed version of Cornershop's 'Brimful Of Asha'. 'Don't Tell Me' is funked-up Britpop, bearing a slight resemblance and mod-happy beat to early Bluetones.

Soaring along the bass-line on 'Skag Trendy' draws you in to a skanky, crazy song rising and falling between insane vocals and mellow intersections. Whereas 'The Don' is a more sensible affair, yet still a chirpy tune in the style of the Libertines. 'Face For The Radio' provides acoustic relief relying on just vocals and guitar; supplying a breather in the middle of the album.

Energetic corking first single 'Wasted Little DJs' is raw, quirky and infectious pop - it's one of the best tracks on the album. Love song 'Claudia' feels like it should be a little more ballad-esque, yet the up-tempo beat somehow seems to suit Kyle's reaching lyrics. With thirty-second finale 'Typical Time's Dylan-esque harmonica and abstract lyrics succinctly drawing the album to a close, you are left wanting to hear more.

Far more talented than their singles give them credit for, The View are set to be the biggest anthemic group since the Libertines – and rightly so.

Donna Dobson, 24/1/07


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