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Hospitality - 'Trouble Fire'

Opens with a theatrical pop mood piece, and doesn't let up experimenting from there on in

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New York band Hospitality’s second album opens with singer Amber Papini howling about ''ghosts in your bed!" over a theatrical pop mood piece, and doesn't let up experimenting from there on in. There's Parisian bongo funk on 'Going Out', sparse jazz on 'Sullivan' and a splash of synthy, Smithsy sci-fi on 'Rockets And Jets'. Better still are the adorable 'It's Not Serious' and 'Sunship', a superb Vampire Weekend-style electro-hymn called 'Inauguration' and Stereolab doing The Who’s 'Tommy' on the delightful 'I Miss Your Bones'. Ironically, a few Hospitality tracks outstay their welcome. But overall 'Trouble' bristles with the freedom of early Breeders or Throwing Muses.

Mark Beaumont
8 / 10

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