ALBUM REVIEW: Peace - Happy People

PEACE ... Happy People (Columbia)
PEACE ... Happy People (Columbia)
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HYPED to high heaven upon their arrival two years ago, it was little surprise to see this Birmingham quartet’s baggy, shoegaze-aping debut In Love fall flat of expectations.

Although a departure of sorts, this follow-up remains an utterly derivative affair; the debt this time owed to ‘90s indie and britpop, with results akin to a less exuberant 1975.

At a succinct 37 minutes, it’s very much a no-frills type of record, loaded with standard-length cuts with little in the way of surprises or ambition.

Having said that, there’s no doubt it packs some decent hooks - though whether the likes of Gen Strange, Lost on Me and Perfect Skin are enough to fend off the “landfill” tag is open to debate. 6/10. AW