They’re still sombre, but the Manchester pop duo flirt with optimism on a fist-pumping third album
It’s A Bit Complicated
Here is a collection of songs that reference the likes of John and Yoko, Ike & Tina Turner, Gloria Gaynor, 10CC and Billy Childish (the brilliant ‘St Pauli’ and its refrain of “Sorry if my accent is flawed, I learnt my German from a seven-inch record…”) with the kind of wide-eyed adoration only people who leave Rough Trade laden with bags and giggling like a berk will understand. Yet, unlike their debut’s thrilling-but-ramshackle garage rock, this time round the words are harnessed to the kind of big, bold tunes that will lodge the five-piece in the mainstream consciousness. Frankly, the only thing we can think of more subversively cool than this record is the notion of Eddie Argos talking about the Yummy Fur, by the piano with Jools Holland on Later… James Jam
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