February’s self-titled debut album should still be a stomper

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Theme Park – ‘Two Hours’

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Theme Park – ‘Two Hours’

Releasing an EP on which three of the four songs are covers is a curious move from London quartet Theme Park. It’s not a good move, either. Firstly, singer Miles Haughton’s gravelly baritone is so similar to The National’s Matt Berninger’s it makes their version of ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’ sound more like a cheap remix. Secondly, Haughton sounds like a squawking parrot on the band’s take on Jessie Ware’s ‘Wildest Moments’, which is just annoying. And thirdly, Hot Chip’s ‘Ready For The Floor’ done dead straight and mournful is just… no. The cosily Foals-y title track is great, though, so next February’s self-titled debut album should still be a stomper.

Jamie Fullerton