The English Riviera
- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on May 10th, 2011 at 11:00a.m.
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.