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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Maccabees
Colour It In
Geffen

Rating: 4.4/10 ?


June 28, 2007
Trendy UK guitar bands of today beware! Here comes a new band filled to the brim with (you guessed it!) jagged guitar sounds, danceable enough riffs, lyrics about everyday banalities and first loves, and catchy melodies! Yes, The Maccabees have just released their long-awaited debut and they might just steal your thunder, mates! OK, not really, because frankly, Colour It In isn't anything special. Needless to say, if it weren't for The Libertines these guys would never exist, and yes, they sound just like every other post-punkish British band of the last five years, although admittedly they pale in comparison to the more successful acts (Franz Ferdinand, The Futureheads, Max´mo Park, et cetera).

That The Maccabees' album feels so slight and unoriginal may not entirely be the band's fault then, simply because the whole 'post-post punk/indie rock' British new wave has already worn thin, but nevertheless they should be blamed for their lack of imagination and effort, as it all gives way to a 'been there, done that' sensation that overpowers the listener at album's end. As a consequence, The Maccabees belong to the same bunch of cut-and-paste humdrum shtick like The Kooks, The Rakes, The Arctic Monkeys - in sum (and this is not a favourable conclusion), the Brighton-based quintet sound like most of their unfortunate British peers. Really, don't you sometimes wish The Libertines had never seen the light of day?

Despite its monotony and absence of creativity and boldness, it would be foolish, however, to say that the album isn't somewhat enjoyable; The Maccabees are marginally competent, and what they do they do moderately well, as shown in songs such as the urgent "First Love," "X-Ray" - released on Promise records in November 2005 as a single - and "Lacthmere." But, none of these songs are engrossing enough to truly captivate, and the record as a whole is both predictable and tiring because of its conventionality and lack of real highlights. Indeed, Colour It In is a one-note work that constantly follows the same formula (the sole exception would be the opener, "Good Old Bill," which starts with a gentle acoustic rhythm before exploding into an anthemic-wannabe "Woo-oooh-oh-oooooh"chorus at the end) - some changes or innovation would have been appreciated, no doubt, and here's to hoping that the band tries a little harder next time if they really want to become the hottest of the hottest British bands, NME badge of approval included. Now, in order to wipe away the sour taste, I guess I'll go listen to Gang of Four.

Reviewed by Pabs Hernandez
A staff writer for LAS, Pablo Hernandez keeps up pretty well with the ever-changing \'indie scene\' from his home in Madrid, Spain.

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