Sound — 8
First, a quick introduction. This bunch of beret-wearing librarians are the second most famous band to come out of the thriving Sheffield music scene. They mix glamour, indie and punk and fit in well to the bubbling British music scene. After what seems like forever, The Long Blondes have finally brought out their debut LP, and what a success it is. With its buzzing guitar licks, feet tapping bass licks and incredible vocals (more on that later) this album is one that is solid from beginning to end. However, is it just me or is guitar feedback on an album slightly annoying (you will find this on the opening song)?
Lyrics — 9
The first impression of the lyrics on this album is that of an agony aunt columnist. This is shown mainly in "Once And Never Again" where teenage girls are told to ditch their boyfriends (Nineteen; You're only nineteen for god's sake; you don't need a boyfriend). This works well as it creates a personal bond. Then there is "Separated By Motorways" a useful roadmap to England. However, some of the lyrics seem lacklustre and pointless. Take "Lust In The Movies" chorus: Edie Sedgewick; Anna Karnia Arlene Dahl. What is that meant to mean? Despite this low, the whole album is pulled up by the incredibly talented and beautiful Kate "Idol" Jackson. Already listed in NMEs Cool List, she posses all of the ingredients that made Debbie "Blondie" Harry such a world wide star. Like a female lead singer should be, she has pitch, strength and genuine feeling in her voice.
Overall Impression — 9
Are you into retro? Indie-disco? Post-Pistols punk? If yes to any of these this album will appeal to your senses. It is a glorious romp of indie punk classics from start to finish with songs that will be stuck in your head. Some of it may be simple, yet it is all effective. One small criticism is that some of the songs feel the same (a la The Kooks), but if you can overlook that small flaw, this album deserves to brake them into the mainstream, and is an essential next to "Up The Bracket" and "Whatever People Say I Am..." in any good indie playlist