Got A Girl - I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now
Turns out the 8-bit Universal logo wasn't the only retro thing to come out of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dan 'The Automator' Nakamura met on set and bonded over their mutual love for 1960s gauche French pop, and the result is this triumphant debut album. Put aside the somewhat wordy title, and just delve into the varied and delectable morsels on offer.
First thing's first, you don't have to have an equal love (or even knowledge) of French pop to enjoy Got A Girl. From the seductive lead single 'Did We Live Too Fast' - "I'm sure she's very lovely, but aren't I just as nice?" - through to the delicate finale of 'Heavenly', the entire album captivates. A mid-album combo of the energetic sharp hook of 'There's A Revolution' and the dramatic strings of 'Things Will Never Be The Same' is among the most invigorating sequences of music we've listened to this year.
As to be expected, Nakamura's production is crisp but few might expect the vocal range and strength of Winstead. Magnetic and confident in various styles throughout, Winstead even gets the chance to bring out her mischievous punk rocker on 'Da Da Da', while she could be soundtracking her own romantic drama with 'I'll Never Hold You Back' - "As the cold sets in / I hear your voice from within / And now you're everywhere I turn".
All in all, I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now is not only one of the year's strongest debuts, but also one of its most surprising delights. Quite how much more we'll see of Got A Girl remains to be seen but, based on this auspicious effort, we'll follow them wherever they go.