FULL of smoky trip-hop and dark dance grooves, Oxford quartet Glass Animals’ debut is a record that’s more likely to garner appreciative nods than all-out adoration.
At times the band sound too determined to maintain an air of louche cool than loosen up and have some fun; when they do, or when singer Dave Bayley’s mixture of Tricky and Liam Gallagher is given room to breathe, the results are far more enjoyable. There are also moments of quiet wonder here, with the scarily beautiful Wyrd a real highlight.
They’re signed to Wolf Tone, the label run by in-demand producer Paul Epworth – whose credits include Adele, Coldplay and Paul McCartney – and he’s not known for making mistakes, so watch this space.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh