Snow Patrol side project isn't as wet as expected but still can't quite bring itself to be any good

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Little Matador - 'Little Matador'


Little Matador – ‘Little Matador’

Could there be a less enticing phrase than Snow Patrol side project? At least with Little Matador, guitarist Nathan Connolly doesn’t sound too much like he’s making music that mum can buy dad for his birthday. This debut album’s a half-hearted attempt to sound dangerous, with the Nine Inch Nails-go-folktronica stomp of ‘Gimme All You Got’ and the sleazy guitar grunts of ‘The Night’. ‘Liar Liar’ even recalls Idlewild at their punkiest, but there’s a shallow, souped-up steeliness surrounding each song that stinks of a songwriter trying too hard to seem edgy and failing. ‘Little Matador’ is a ballsy rock record for people who’ve never heard Queens Of The Stone Age. Not the most appealing album.

Robert Cooke


Record label:Fiction
Release date:21 Apr, 2014