The Sunshine Underground - Nobody's Coming to Save You

by Rich Morris Rating:5 Release Date:2010-02-01

Leeds indie rockers TSU lost out first time around to the glittering fashion parade that was new rave. It's taken a good few years, but now they're back to have another bash at the big time. Will this sophomore album see them succeed? Debatable. Which isn't to say this is a bad record, it's just that what sounded over-familiar in 2006 sounds slightly contemptable in 2010. Opening track 'Coming to Save You' sounds like The Editors if they made some music in a fit of righteous anger rather than while in the grip of fascinating existential ennui. 'We've Always Been Your Friends' is Franz Ferdinand minus the clever-clever smirk. 'Here It Comes' has a good bash at The Killer's brand of blustery, 80s-influenced stadium rock. And all of it works pretty well, but none of it really blows your socks off.

Some songs here edge towards something a little more attention-grabbing. 'Spell It Out' has some nicely angular yet viscous guitar lines, reminiscent of 'Revol' by The Manic Street Preachers; 'In Your Arms' gets its groovy punk-funk thing just right; while the clattering drums and percussion of album highlight 'A Warning Sign' indicate TSU have a better handle on dance rhythms than their new rave counterparts ever did. Overall, however, this band needs to get a little more ambitious when the time comes for album number three.

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