Although they’ve long been touted as one of Britain’s most vital and inventive guitar groups, these Mercury-nominated Mancunians have never really done it for me.
Arriving with the usual raft of five-star reviews and excitable Radiohead comparisons, this third album is nevertheless the sound of a band who’ve released the handbrake.
Whereas previous records have tended to meander, their arty tendencies are here channelled into euphoric, genuinely addictive pop songs.
Indeed, the likes of Distant Past, Get To Heaven and Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread seem tailor-made for the summer festival season.
And while Jonathan Higgs’ falsetto can still grate, there’s no doubt it makes for their most approachable work to date. 7/10. AW