By White Miles
Genius not madness.
'Job: genius, diagnose: madness' is the first album from White Miles, the Madagascan (or is it Austrian?) blues rock duo.
It's rare to hear a debut album that juxtapositions power and poise in such an effective way. The combination of rock riffs and angelic melodies creates a mesmerising soundscape that leaves you wanting to listen to each track again and again.
The production on this album is sublime. It delivers a purity of sound from both the artists and their instruments - no slapback echo and noise gated reverb here.
The first song 'Fake Smile' sets off at a pace like some over excited Labrador puppy and just doesn't let up. Next is 'Do What the Devil Says' which allows singer, Medina, to display the full extent of her fabulous vocal range. 'Can't Stop' has one of the catchiest riffs since Black Sabbath's Paranoid and leads nicely in to the Nirvana-esque 'Show Your Hope Where The Dope Grows'.
Other stand out tracks include the achingly beautiful 'Salting Your Own Wounds' and 'Hell of a Woman', which contains one of the band's trademark shifts of pace. The final track is the title track of the album. It's an accomplished piece of studio work that brings together all the aforementioned qualities and plonks them down next to the kind of anthemic chorus that will have crowds singing along for years to come.