Let me introduce Max, Christopher, JP and Leo: collectively known as GoodBooks. A highly anticipated debut album from a highly regarded band. NME say they are "the best new band in Britain". Artrocker suggests they are "well ahead of the chasing pack." Let's dive into page one... ooo, it's good!
Firstly, notable tracks (the whole album is pretty damn awesome) but we have to have a few stand-outs I suppose. 'The Curse of Saul' has a textbook opening, smile-making rhythms and impressive words. 'Walk With Me', 'Good Life Salesman' and the (released two weeks before the album) single 'Passchendaele' are all notable tracks. 'Alice' is obviously about an individual character; we discover her characteristics through the story: drinking wine in the morning and needing reasons to stay. Fiction? Fact? Who knows? A terrific tune! They all are. This album has a great backbone, or spine, to it. It's hard to select individual chapters to talk about because they are all brilliant.
Stepping away from all the immensely witty (?) book-esq. words and phrases used above, GoodBooks have been hitting the road with the likes of The Sounds, and been in great demand to remix for (amongst others) The Sunshine Underground and Hot Club de Paris. Impressive! The twelve songs on this album show off a great deal of talent and spells out that 'soft' (or paperback) bands out there shouldn't be overlooked. Mellow guitars, tranquil keyboards and beautiful lyrics, GoodBooks are a firm favourite of mine and I believe will be around for a long time. It's a novel disc, one that no-doubt, will become a bestseller.