Lets Wrestle

A third album from the Londoners sees frontman Wesley Patrick Gonzalez take Lets Wrestle further from their snottier initial volleys to a pleasantly sophisticated take on indie pop. The supporting paperwork might mention Fairport Convention and The Kinks, but play this anonymously to a friend and they might think it was a long-lost Blur album. The addition of strings and horns add some class, while Gonzalez ropes in some friends (Darren Hayman, Yuck's Max Bloom) to help round out the arrangements.

The Damon Albarn-esque inflection to Gonzalez's voice make it difficult to completely shake the Blur comparisons, and as a result Lets Wrestle never quite achieves its own sense of identity. Nevertheless, the giddy trot of 'Care For You' ("I love you, but just not enough to care for you") and garage rock-flecked psych pop of 'David You Know' will play well with students of the ongoing Britpop school - and anyone else who just likes well-crafted, indie guitar fare.

Overall

6

out of 10

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