Album Review: Monarchy - 'Around The Sun'

They finally release a debut album - but is it too late?

It almost feels as if Monarchy have missed their bite at the apple. The Australian duo appeared two years ago hawking their slick brand of euro-pop along with Hurts and Sound Of Arrows. Now, after precursory releases through Kitsuné and Neon Gold, they’re finally releasing their debut album – but is it all a bit too late? While ‘Jealous Guy’, with its The Rapture-via-Tears for Fears disco-funk, and the future-disco echoes of single ‘Gold In The Fire’ still sound fresh, other tracks, like ‘Floating Cars’, err on the wrong side of Eurovision, with climbing synths and detached vocals. Equally, new track ‘Maybe I’m Crazy’ hints at Steps rather than Soft Cell – more’s the pity.

Ailbhe Malone
5 / 10

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