Veronica Falls – ‘Waiting For Something To Happen’

Our rating:

Veronica Falls are way better than this album suggests

The opening salvo of Veronica Falls’ comeback single ‘Tell Me’ sounds like The Stone Roses’ ‘Waterfall’ meets Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tusk’. It’s a fine start, and one that should lead to the London quartet branching out from the Pastels-meets-The-Vaselines indie they did so well on their self-titled 2011 debut. Instead, what they offer on ‘Waiting For Something To Happen’ is a fey-pop selection box that leaves out the gothic grit and garage-infused rabble of early tracks like ‘Found Love In A Graveyard’ and ‘Beachy Head’. Take ‘Everybody’s Changing’, a track that’s more twee than Summer Camp in a cardigan shop. There are, though, a couple of decent moments. ‘If You Still Want Me’ is warped and grunge-indebted, evoking the rock’n’roll swagger of their last album, and the dreamy ‘Broken Toys’ is a solid indie stomp. But all those two tracks do is prove that Veronica Falls are way better than the rest of this album suggests.
Jenny Stevens