Just Surrender - Phoenix
Just Surrender introduce themselves with the aptly title ‘Intro’, a gloriously fuzzed up instrumental that sets the pulses racing in anticipation of what is to come. ‘Through the Night’ follows and, with its gravely-voiced lead vocal and Linkin Park-esque harmonies, is a classic rock joy and Phoenix is surely heading towards to the top of the rock albums of the year pile. Such high hopes are soon smashed as half of the album’s running time is taken up with a selection of radio-friendly, anaemic emo cobblers like ‘Take Me Home’, ‘Crazy’ and the abysmal, mobile phone in the air, ballad ‘Burning Up’. Once you’ve ploughed through these horror shows you will be treated with harder edges on 'Stronger Now', 'Lose Control' and rocktastic twin-guitar attack of album closer 'Jukebox Memoirs' (We’ll ignore the bonus track, an acoustic take of ‘Burning Up' that is even worse than the original!) Let’s hope that next time around Just Surrender can ditch the cloying nature of a lot of their material and deliver an album of full on rock goodness.