Raoul review by The Automatic

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  • Released: Aug 8, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.3 (4 votes)
The Automatic: Raoul

Sound — 10
There is no other band that sounds anything like the automatic. They are a new rock/pop sensation that just keep getting better. Frost (guitars) and Pennie (keyboards, percussion, tambourine, on-stage dancing etc)give them extra edge with great riffs and strange synth. The EP starts with 'Recover' their latest single in which all band members sing in an unbelievably catchy chorus. This is followed by 'Jack Daniels' which is more rock than the rest of the songs. If may sound confusing, but track 3 is 'Song 6' with it's weird guitar intro that just makes you want to listen more. The catchiness doesn't stop with 'Raoul' coming next, and it's just one of those songs you can't help but sing along to. After this is 'On the campaign trail', another song more towrds the rock end of the spectrum. 'Trophy Wives' follows with fantastic distortion and synth, that makes this band special. 'Night drive' shows that the automatic have a calm side, before ending with 'High tide on caroline street' another quite slow song.

Lyrics — 9
A perfect vocal balance with Hawkins (bass) on lead vocals with a quite gruff singing voice, Frost on backing with a more normal singing voice and finally Pennie, also on backing vocals, doing the distorted and screechy bits. Various themes in the lyrics, but 'High tide on caroline street stands out with it's pro-global warming statements like 'global warming doesn't seem that bad considering the Cardiff weather, I could use a holiday'. Like Lost Prophets have 'Town called hypocrisy', the automatic have 'Jack Daniels'. It is a song about how(like other welsh bands) they need to get out of the welsh village environment.

Overall Impression — 9
With 'Raoul' and 'Recover' already big hit singles the Automatic are doing well and things look like they can only get better. They must be top of their genre, since they are the only band who sound like they do. Though many people have bought the album 'Not accepted anywhere' I would also recommend this as an essential purchase, especially since only a few of these songs are on the album.

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