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Album review: Screaming Lights - 'Like Angels'

Goth-disco crossover that stumbles at first hurdle

Album review: Screaming Lights - 'Like Angels'

Screaming Lights are, apparently, just out of school. Four strapping young vanguards, heroically distilling the choicest elements of White Lies, Editors and ‘Classic Chilled Ibiza’ compilations to craft what can only be described as dancefloor goth-lite dirge that pays homage to the structural complexity of beginner-level Tetris. [/b]‘21st Century’[/b] sounds like a roadie soundchecking for Little Boots, while ‘Champagne Socialist’ is a clunky swashbuckler lamenting disaffected youth. However, the undisputed highlight comes with the chorus of ‘Hello Tomorrow’, where vocalist Jay Treadell delivers the devastating putdown “you’re abrasively loud, just like a man”. How would he know?

Laura Snapes

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