Kosheen : Harder

[I]"I should have tried a bit harder"[/I]... well, yes...

Kosheen's continued affinity with drum'n'bass remains a mystery. Their new single 'Harder' contains approximately eight seconds of drum'n'bass, slightly less than most Strokes songs. Instead, 'Harder' sounds like a flimsy balsa wood copy of Massive Attack's 'Unfinished Sympathy', but with singer Sian Evans reading out her old school reports. "I should have tried a little bit harder" she punishes herself, "Looking back I could have been smarter". But GCSEs wouldn't have helped 'Harder', a pleasantly pointless exercise in ornate dance-pop. On a drum'n'bass tip though, one positive thought for sad Sian: at least she's not Goldie.

André Paine

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