Album review: Noisettes
Wild Young Hearts
Which begs the question: what the fuck is up with ‘Wild Young Hearts’? Leaving behind the soul-infused, gutter-punk leanings of their debut, this desperately craves the attentions of the MOR indie mainstream in a way so steeped in bathos that the over-produced sheen of the car-ad soundtracking title track shines less like superstar diamonds and more like sun off a bald man’s head. Their name suggests a feminist re-appropriation of noise, but the mawkish ‘Atticus’ and ‘Never Forget You’ witlessly echoing Simon & Garfunkel and Sam Cooke’s radio-friendliness respectively are so far removed from riot grrrl that what should mark Shoniwa out as a tough cookie actually shows her band up as a bunch of limp biscuits. That none of it is irredeemably bad just makes it all the more frustrating; somewhere lingers a sense that Noisettes, in another dimension, could actually be good.
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