ALL MANKIND: Simple Desire.
A cracking debut album from the guitar band that scales more than a couple of peaks here with the call-to-arms starter Open Your Eyes through to slow-burning pop rock ballad To Live. They’re a hook-driven quartet from Sydney who power the songs along with a strong melodic surge while always yearning for a sense of the anthemic, even if they don’t always hit the mark.
THE OVERTONES: Good Ol’ Fashioned Love.
Re-release of their top five album to coincide with their current tour and dubbed the Platinum Collection as it has three more tracks. In short an all-too-easy release to grab more from the fans. Let’s face it, they may be good singers and smart young fellows, but other bands such as Showaddywaddy have trod this rock ’n roll harmony covers path before.
ERASURE: Tomorrow’s World.
If there’s one thing you can depend on in this life it’s that each and every Erasure album will come with more glitterball disco, synth blips and bleeps and yearning ballads than you really know what to do with. Will they ever slow down or stop? The slowish start to many of the songs may suggest the former is starting to happen ... slowly.
MAY 68: White Lies.
A collective of musicians, artists, producers and DJs who hooked up together in Manchester’s alternative club scene and have immersed themselves in a fusion of New York disco, house, vintage electronic, classic pop and sci-fi soundtracks. So why does it just sound like big, bouncy disco?
METRONOMY: Everything Goes My Way.
It has the honeyed vocals of Roxane Clifford from Veronica Falls and the sentiment behind the song may be optimistic, but if the somewhat dowdy feel to the music with its jazzy blues chord changes truly reflects everything going their way if makes you wonder what they’d sound like when it doesn’t.
THE MISERABLE RICH: On A Certain Night.
Taken from their forthcoming album Miss You In The Days that explores the themes of ghost stories, sex and death. There’s a couple of those in this troubadouring tale of possession, complete with plaintive violin and cello.
SARAH BLASKO: Xanadu.
The alternative folk Australian singer has stripped Olivia Newton-John’s 70s classic to its barest bones, showing the song’s strength yet leaving you feeling it needs more clothes on.