Metronomy’s second album – ‘Nights Out’ – was by no means an instantly loveable record, but its minimal electro charm had you returning for more nonetheless, and before long it was the best album of 2008, without any doubt. ‘The English Riviera’ harbours a similar type of subtlety, not for those who want their pop fixes quick, with the exception of single ‘She Wants’, which sounds like The Cure and is Joe Mount’s best track yet. It – along with another standout track called ‘The Bay’ (which features an almost Kylie Minogue-esque breathy vocal drop) – is a rare sighting of almost disco on this album, which is perhaps why they’re so immediately gratifying – they sound like we love Metronomy to sound.

But while certain corners of ‘The English Riviera’ will forever be too twee to compete with Mount’s previous high standards (the weepy waltz of ‘Trouble’, particularly), there’s plenty to note on this electro soul record, especially when the synth and themes go dark, like on ‘Corinne’.

By Stuart Stubbs

Originally published in issue 26 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. March 2011

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