Album Review: Monarchy - 'Around The Sun'
They finally release a debut album - but is it too late?
5 / 10
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.