When it comes to the most anticipated releases for 2008, The Long Blondes
next effort, "Couples"
would be extremely high on that list. Within the first 10 seconds we get an immediate hit of a change in their sound from upbeat pop-diddy's to this synthetic 80's dance-floor fillers. It's pleasurable more than anything to hear this direction the band look like heading in and upon further listening it's almost a certainty that they have mastered, where some have failed, the "difficult second album". Lead single, Century
is smothered with familiarities (Blondie, Kate Bush, etc.) but performed with such brilliance and beauty. The Long Blondes have really outdone themselves, I don't think anyone could've asked for a better follow-up album. They've managed to slip in a bit of punk, a bit of ska, and have left me (and I'm sure others) in complete awe. I know it's early in the year to make a quick judgment, but this album will very well appear in a lot of end of the year lists.
The Long Blondes Century
The Long Blondes I Liked The Boys
The Long Blondes Erin O'ConnorPurchase "Couples".