The Sunshine Underground - Nobody's Coming To Save You

Leeds band The Sunshine Underground return with their sophomore release Nobody’s Coming To Save You. Working with producer Barny (Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Kasabian) the songs are bolder and brasher than their than debut, 2006’s Raise The Alarm - yet just as anthemic and fun.

The album kickstarts with the marvelous ‘Coming To Save You’, a snide commentary about the crumbling pillars of our society. The opening guitar notes, like the ringing of alarm bells, play well along side Craig Wellington’s John Lydon-esque snarl: “You’re on your hands and your knees tonight / what are you waiting for? / You must be dreaming.”

The quality tunes come thick and fast. The beefy ‘Spell It Out’ has a cool retro 80’s feel about it, yet still coated in good old British pop, followed by the funky electro beats of ‘We’ve Always Been Your Friends.’ The furious song slowly trails off with a lovely piano outro which morphs into beat-driven ‘In Your Arms’, Wellington showing off his considerable vocal talents in the song’s sweeping chorus.

The synthy ‘Here It Comes’ is a cool departure and works well with its sparse beats changing into punchy riffs, as does the subdued ‘Change Your Mind’: “Connect your thoughts to make your mind / to understand and try to find / something that makes you feel alive.”

The band built their reputation as a first-rate live act, and the album has more of an immediacy and urgency than in their first offering. Songs like the moving ‘Here It Comes’ and the edgy ‘One By One’ which echo the rather pessimistic sentiments of the album’s title, Wellington plaintively crying out ‘What are we heading for?” The album closes with the mournful Keane-like ‘The Messiah’ with the choir-boy vocals carrying the song along: “Sometimes I get all I need… / and turn around and wait for something to pass me by.”

In the finest tradition of catchy hook-driven bands like The Courteeners and Delphic, The Sunshine Underground are waving the flag for smart British pop as this first-rate collection of tunes demonstrates. So sleep tight citizens, they're coming to our rescue.

Overall

7

out of 10

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