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The Departure | CD review | 2005

THE DEPARTURE - Dirty Words (20/06/05)

Review by Dawn

Not quite boisterous enough to rival The Cribs' infectious anthems, not quite menacing enough to rival Interpol's moody melodies, Northampton band The Departure sit somewhere between the two. Which, if we're being honest, is part of their problem - they're simply not different enough to make a big impression.

The other problem is the vocals; David Jones' estuary accent works well on some tracks such as the sneering Talkshow, but after a whole album his Damon Albarn/Jake Shillingford hybrid becomes a little too much to bear.

The album flies off the starting blocks with the bubbling electronica and angular guitars of Just Like TV, the punchy Talkshow and the Interpol-esque Only Human but stumbles on All Mapped Out - a single which bore far too much resemblance to Radio by the utterly vile Robbie Williams to be worth lingering on.

From then on it never fully recovers, picking up slightly on the dancier Changing Pilots and again on the final title track, but when it comes to up-tempo numbers, Southampton songsmiths Delays combine guitars and pulsing electronica with much more success and class than reside here.

There's a lot of style but beneath the surface of fizzing guitars and brash vocals there's very little substance. Overall, Dirty Words isn't enough of a departure from the current crop of guitar bands to really make a huge impact on your life.

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