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I suppose they can't help it if Noel Gallagher loves them but The Stands, with 'When this

River Rolls Over You' (Echo 0 new Proud Mary. God help 'em. Thus. the Liverpuddlian four-piece are doomed to release this kind of plodding retro guitar music for the rest of their days. Who knows what the grim reaper of rock would say about Aussie rockers Motor Ace's “Carry On' (Doublethink u ) which attempts to soar but is bogged down by being blatantly pieced together by bits of ‘Wonderwall' and 'Cast No Shadow'. Joining them in the rip-off corner come The All- American Rejects with 'Swing Swing'

) which starts promisingly before turning out to be pure Jimmy Eat World- esque emo. complete with a backpack and girl

Indie geeks with goofy teeth will be sobbing at their Stuart Murdoch shrines and asking how their heroes Hefner could have split. but two of the three members have formed The French and released 'Dagenham' (Too Pure “00 ) which simply follows on from last LP ‘Dead Media' with its kooky storytelling and electronic backing. The Koreans obviously fell asleep during the average indie rock of their 'Machine Code' (Drowned in Sound 0 woken with a start by Glasgow-based foursome Hoboken's 'Hotel Lisboa' (Royal Jelly 00.. ) which is dark and melodramatic due to tense strings and a Sinatra-like croon.

Guitar scruffs The Fades' “Life Support' (Genepool 0000 ) with its dirty bass groove that Beyonce could shake her booty to comes close to top trumps this issue. as does Stylus Automatics. ‘American Town“ (Sadly Dead Now «00 ). an inspiring anti-globalisation rant over deceptively sweet acoustica.

But I'm feeling hopelessly romantic for once. so it's a tie for Single of the Fortnight between ex-Vaselines man Eugene Kelly for ‘Older Faster' (Geographic 00”.) a beautiful. low-key guitar track with heart melting vocals. and Tindersticks with ‘Sometimes it Hurts' (Beggars Banquet 00000). a duet with chanteuse Llasa De Sela. It's imbued with smoky romanticism. melancholy and warm strings. Back to the death metal next issue . . .


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