By Hot Club De Paris
A seductive opening near minute to 'Call Me Mr Demolition Ball' kicks the album off. It's anything but demolition-like, but after this, the pace changes and the idea of a wrecking ball becomes more apparent. The witty lyrics and distinctive combination of instruments is here from the start. The simple backing to the words allows you to understand and appreciate every word and sing along easily. 'My Little Haunting' follows suit with jumpy guitar playing and clear-cut drumming. Some of the track names are a tad long, perhaps bordering on emo/pretension but the entire album contains the elements Hot Club De Paris have honed and made them distinctive. It's nice to see a couple of interlude-type tracks in the track list too; slowing the pace down to allow a breather, before bringing it back once again. Other standout tracks include 'Let Go Of Everything', 'The Thing Is Forever' and of course the pre-album single 'Hey! Housebrick' which fits nicely between its surrounding songs. The album on a whole is good, but I think maturing through the coming years will no doubt do wonders for this band. It's distinctively played, but perhaps not individual enough in other ways to have a higher 'out of ten' as there is so much competition currently out there. We'll no doubt hear a lot more of Hot Club De Paris in the future.