Metronomy
The English Riviera

  • 3★★★☆☆
  • Reviewed by John
  • Published on May 10th, 2011 at 11:00a.m.
Cover artwork for The English Riviera

This is the first time I've heard a Metronomy album, so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I needn't have worried, as it turns out that they're prettay, prettay good at what they do, which is make quite good 'poppy' records.

I tell a lie. I had actually heard one of their songs before I listened to the whole album; The Looks. I distinctly remember liking that song, but I never got round to finding out who made it.

Anyway, back to the album. It has (on the whole) a sort of laid back, light and breezy sound to it, interspersed with some teasingly relatively heavier electric guitar bits and a lot of synth. When I say 'light', I mean the instruments don't get in the way of the similarly ethereal echoey vocals. Admittedly, there aren't that many vocals to worry about, but it's nice anyway. I would classify the whole feel of the album as minimalist pop.

It's not a depressing album, but neither is it an upbeat happy album. It sits in the middle, a bit of both and neither at the same time. This isn't me knocking it, by the way. It's still a really nice album to listen to. It's the kind of thing you put on and forget about; you don't really pay full attention to it.

About The English Riviera

Released:

2011

Genre:

electronicpop

Tracklist

  1. The English Riviera

  2. We Broke Free

  3. Everything Goes My Way

  4. The Look

  5. She Wants

  6. Trouble

  7. The Bay

  8. Loving Arm

  9. Corinne

  10. Some Written

  11. Love Underlined

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