NME.COM

Album Review: The Rifles - 'Freedom Run'

Exudes bright harmonies and even brighter guitars

  • Release Date 19 Sep, 2011
  • Record Label Right Hook Records
  • Fact In 2009, their Italian tour was cut short after the drummer flirted with a Sicilian promoter’s wife
8 / 10
The Rifles continue to happen without anybody’s permission. Yeah, to the folk more interested in S.C.U.M’s conceptual art at the Shacklewell Arms, they’re scoff-worthy. But to the 5,000 who snapped up tickets for their Brixton Academy show (and plenty of similar-sized venues), they’re heroes. To cut to the chase, this third album is as good a guitar-pop set as you’ll hear all year: bright harmonies, brighter guitars, string stabs, handclaps and every classic songwriter trick in the book. Two songs – ‘Dreamer’ and ‘Coming Home’ – talk of “moving on”. Perhaps the scoffers in their phonebox-sized venues should heed those words with regards tor their perception of this band.

Hamish MacBain

Share This

More Reviews

Flowdan - 'Disaster Piece' Review

With Skepta and Stormzy dragging hard lyricism into the mainstream, Flowdan’s blunt rap suddenly feels on trend

Album

JPNSGRLS - 'Divorce' Review

The Canadian band bring little to the table with their second album of meat-and-potatoes tunes

Album

'The BFG' - Film Review

Spielberg’s take on the beloved Roald Dahl novel is restrained, nostalgic and sweetly sentimental

Movie
Tickets
Connect With Us
This Week's Magazine