THE NAKED AND FAMOUS Passive Me, Aggressive You (Fiction)
I was first intrigued by The Naked And Famous after a piece in the NME highlighting this up and coming band from New Zealand. The bits I heard sounded interesting so I tried the album when it came out, and although it might not be the sort of thing that I would normally go for, there is plenty on here to enjoy. Punching In A Dream has a great, catchy tune underpinned by pounding synths and chaotic guitar, although Frayed meanders a bit, and is not as immediate. The Sun, however, more than makes up for it, with it chanted vocals, skittering beats and angular guitar squalls throughout. A bit more experimental, but a lot more enjoyable. Eyes is more straight-forward electro-pop, with an anthemic chorus that you can just picture playing over the credits of an alt.rock rom-com. Young Blood brings out the buzz-saw guitars, and Alisa Xayalith takes over vocal duties for this Kids style rocker. This is swiftly followed by No Way, which lulls you in with a gently strummed acoustic guitar and Alisas breathy vocal, before a hailstorm of guitars rain down on your head. Jilted Lovers is another guitar-heavy rocker, but that is nothing compared to A Wolf In Geek Clothing, where the punk attitude of the band erupts to the fore in a maelstrom of shrieking guitars. Girls Like You closes the album in a more traditional manner, with a fairly mainstream electro rock-pop song OK I suppose, but ending on A Wolf In Geeks Clothing would have left you panting for more rather than just thinking Oh, its finished. So certainly a band to watch out for in the future, and if they pull back on the MGMT style pop stuff and concentrate on the more experimental side of the band then I will definitely stick with them.
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