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Harehills Chapeltown by Whole Sky Monitor

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Reviewed on 13th July 2007.

 
 

Harehills Chapeltown

By Whole Sky Monitor

This is quite an experience. Lower LS8 whacks new life into New York as a revival of the down-at-heel I Love emblem is suddenly aglow. It's thanks to an opening number which sure-footedly assembles itself for fifty-odd seconds before growing minute by minute into a mature episode of solid proto-punk. That song 'Harehills Chapeltown' is rowdy and fulfilling; so when the angst-y second track stridently takes over from it, a bit of initial resentment might invade the listener's mood. Soon the short dramatic 'Mary  Moses' has made room for itself - less downtown, more claustrophobic, slicker: and such a lot of it in not much over two minutes.

By comparison 'Just Let Me Talk To Her' almost sounds like a type of classic British pop: exciting in its way, heart-gladdening despite itself, but without the depth of the other two. On many a band's CD this would be the best specimen; here it's just another way of saying versatility swaggers round the streets of Harehills Chapeltown.

 

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