Album: Noah and the Whale, Last Night on Earth (Mercury)
Friday 04 March 2011
On The First Days of Spring, Noah and the Whale's Charlie Fink unburdened himself about his split from Laura Marling. He's clearly over her now: Last Night on Earth froths with a fresh engagement with life and art, to the point where the band's familiar folk-rock stylings have been largely usurped by the cycling synths and puttering drum machines of retro-nuevo electropop, augmented here and there by a few well-chosen flourishes recalling the likes of Springsteen, Petty and Reed – perhaps the result of it being recorded in LA. Songs like "Wild Thing" and "Life Goes On" reflect a Bukowskian taste for feisty underdog charisma, while overall the album is split between this week's pervasive themes of change and retrospection. Overall, a confident, clear-headed quantum leap beyond their previous work.
DOWNLOAD THIS: Life Is Life; Wild Thing; Give It All Back; Tonight's the Kind of Night
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