Childhood - Lacuna

by Paul Downey Rating:7 Release Date:2014-08-11

The debut album from South London's Childhood, could have been the fresh sound of the summer if not for falling into traps layed many moons ago by the likes of Primal Scream and The Stone Roses. Make no mistake, Childhood have made a solid debut, but on a few occasions this album slips into familiar mediocrity.

Opener and lead single 'Blue Velvet' is the standout track here, a rich summer sound full of jangly guitars. Other highlights include 'As I Am', with some very infectious lyrics from singer Ben Romans-Hopcraft, as well as the driving guitars of 'Sweet Preacher'. 'Solemn Skies' seems like a mini 'I Am the Resurrection' with its instrumental break and driving guitars.

Childhood let themselves down on 'Right Beneath Me' and 'Falls Away', which lack focus and fall into a malaise that luckily is more of a temporary lull than a full-blown disaster. There's the small hint of electronics on 'Tides', which could point to a future direction on their next album.

Overall, Childhood's debut is rich in sound and mostly quality; it's the more introspective moments which let them down and stop this being a truly memorable album.

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