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Album Review: Shy Child - 'Liquid Love'


Album Review: Shy Child – ‘Liquid Love’

[a]Shy Child[/a] were new rave’s slightly odd American cousins; the Brooklyn duo’s Pete Cafarella played keytar and their tough, R&B-inflected electro was aggressively different. Their [b]‘Noise Won’t Stop’[/b] single is a minor classic. The [b]Shy Child[/b] of 2010, however, are much changed and rather lame. [b]‘Liquid Love’[/b] is their supposedly ‘female’ album – a patronising nonsense of a concept in itself – which means misty samples of [b]Fleetwood Mac[/b] (the third most pernicious influence on music, after cocaine and [b]The Rolling Stones[/b]), and much sensitively-lit, soft-focus pop-funk. It’s [b]Hall & Oates[/b] without the casual genius; [a]Boy Crisis[/a] without the chutzpah; [a]Junior Boys[/a] without the emotional baggage.

[b]Tony Naylor[/b]

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