Album: Napoleon, The Bohemians...(Ruffa lane records)

Friday 13 December 2013 03:00

Napoleon are a flamboyant eccentric soul-pop troupe from Sweden whose 10 members have an average age of 22.

They're exuberant like a puppy with its tongue out, admit to influences from Dexys to R Kelly, borrow lyrics from the Smiths and Gladys Knight, but remind me primarily of unjustly forgotten 1990s heroes Orlando. It's fair to say they make Alphabeat sound like Joy Division and will be musical Marmite to many, although their flavour is closer to strawberry jam.

Pick of the album: The gloriously titled 'I Try To Despise the Ugly People...'

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