Little Comets - In Search Of Elusive Little Comets

You'd have to be a real cold-hearted bastard not to be taken in by Sunderland's Little Comets and their unabashedly good-humoured debut album. While the rest of us may have our worried eyes starting fixedly on the ground, bent over double by the doom and gloom of another 'Year of Austerity', these guys have their heads in the clouds. And marvellous fun it is too.

Think all the good bits from Vampire Weekend cross referenced with Everything Everything. The tongue-in-cheek 'Adultery' and party-crashing 'One Night In October' start things off with fine flair with Robert Coles's wonderfully weird vocal style leading the way, while new single 'Joanna' will have you starting a conga-line in your living room. 'Darling Allstair' and the riotous 'Dancing Song' show that the lads are as adept at creating bright, radio-friendly tunes as well as quirky experiments like 'Her Black Eyes' which has Coles singing along to a sparse and understated musical accompaniment. The album ends on a bittersweet note with the ironic 'Intelligent Animals'. With sweeping piano chords Cole laments the stupidity of the most powerful animal of all, man: "We used to be such intelligent animals /... Now we behave like we lost our conscious."

This is gorgeous stuff from a clever and talented young band who deftly mix carefree pop-fun with beauty and heart. Keep your eyes to the sky, Little Comets are sure to shine bright.

Overall

7

out of 10

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