GREAT white guitar hopes Temples’ debut album arrives on a wave of hype, fuelled mostly by their having been hailed by Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher as the Best New Band in Britain.
That’s a lot to live up to for any new act – but for the first 40 minutes or so of Sun Structures they almost justify the many column inches that have already been filled on their behalf.
They lock into a groove and time brilliantly and it sounds like a great lost album placed in a time capsule by bell-bottom wearing hippies in 1967.
Shelter Song and the title track fly out of the traps at breakneck pace, the terrific production giving the album’s best tracks an impressively live feel, and for seven or eight tracks it’s shaping up to be a cracker.
Then it all starts to get a little wearisome. Singer/guitarist James Bagshaw declared ahead of the album’s release that “there’s not going to be any filler and no track’s going to sound similar to the next” but there is precious little variety on offer.
That might not be a problem had they kept to 60s album length and reduced the running time to 40ish minutes, but over the course of an hour, Temples’ whirling psychedelia wears a little thin.
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