Haven’t written anything about music for awhile….2010 was a good year for finding music that liked….2011 has started off a bit slower but here’s a few that caught my attention
PALACE by Chapel Club
Chapel Club’s sound is very familiar….Lots of big guitar a la The Chameleons and The Editors and crooning like Morrissey influenced vocals but the end result while very familiar is enjoyable….The band clearly is attached not detached to their music-There is passion here....
CHASING AFTER GHOSTS by The Crookes
Nice jangly guitar pop music influenced by Trashcan Sinatras, The Housemartins, and of course The Smiths….The vocalist reminds me of Paul Smith from Maximo Park….A collection of sunny catchy songs about romance….Wish there were more albums like this....
BUILD A ROCKET BOYS by Elbow
Not their best, a very quiet record at time perhaps too quiet, but they are a great band and there are plenty of good songs here. Guy Garvey’s voice is a fantastic instrument.
RED BARKED TREE by Wire
Wire seems to be having a late career second or third or fourth wind, this is their strongest album since their heyday and is the culmination of a return to something akin to their first three records which were their best.
CREDO by Human league
Even more farfetched than Wire becoming great again is these guys who after a decade release a new album of hooky songs (perhaps their catchiest bunch since DARE) and updating their sound to a club/techno mix.