The experimental Tyne-siders 3rd long player shows the same level of inconsistencies as previous records. They have the ability to produce sparkling indie pop, and signs of it are here, but all too often they get stuck in a mindset that willfully complex manipulation will increase their credibility. It doesn’t.
What a journey! These French-Cuban twins pack trans-continental influences into what seems the simplest songs with a natural warmth and beguiling finesse. Rhythms are obviously integral, and instrumentation is sparse, but their voices and melodies are audacious and yet highly appealing.
It’s a gung-ho, all out assault from Barat and his band that’s honest and committed, yet it often seems like he’s holding his best songs back until the forthcoming Libertines album.