Hot Gossip - You Look Faster When You Are Young
专辑名称：You Look Faster When You Are Young
公司厂牌：Ghost Reco (Cargo Records)
Having bandied about European airwaves over the past four years, Italian outfit Hot Gossip blast onto British shores with their second studio album, ‘You Look Faster When You Are Young’. There’s a good reason that you might not have heard of them until now though. Their sound, and needless to say this album, is pretty unoriginal.
“Not quite indie-rock, not quite post-punk or nu-rave, not quite anything that else that might fall under the alternative catch-all”; an appraisal only a publicist could dream up. Hmmm. It’s rubbish, they fall under many a catch-all. Perhaps the band have been kept at British bay because what they are essentially is math-rockers, and boy there was plenty of that knocking around last year. Potent basslines against urgent high hat clashes and mosquito-like guitar stabs is dead done, man. Faux rude boy vocals – a scraping take off of Bobbie Gillespie – do not a seminal record maketh. Or at least, not in HG’s case.
Alright, so the album’s polished, well arranged and very listenable, but its slush pile, a mere name within a roll call of similar (and more successful) artists. In its defence, ‘YLFWYAY’ tips its little fedora hat, albeit unintentionally, to stalwarts of punk, The Buzzcocks - never a bad thing.
It’s a shame: they’re neither hot, nor are they likely to be the target of much gossip. Ah well, they tried and they’ll succeed in some way. Like a stale egg served up on cold toast in a café: edible but not remarkable.
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