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Grand Union by The Lights

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Reviewed on 26th February 2006.


Grand Union

By The Lights

For the most part this West London outfit offer a mix of guitars, sultry vocals and synthesiser that makes for uptempo, fairly harmless but fun listening. It's only when they begin to find parts of their brooding side that things get a bit more interesting. On The Executioner, singer Ryan Caine delivers a dark and moody over the top of a Saint-Etienne-esque backing. And, yeah it works.

You get the impression that The Lights intend for this vibe to exist throughout the whole album, yet this winning formula only comes to the fore on certain tracks. Other highlights include Riverbed and No Conditions, both featuring delicate vocals from Imogen Andrews, which come on like Air or Zero 7 with added guitar.

No Conditions is certainly a tune that'll have you reaching for the repeat button in no time at all. On the whole, a promising debut that suggests that a less varied and more focused approach may lead to more dramatic results.



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