Stars and the Sea

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - DARAGH Ó DÚBHÁIN

Ver­tigo From the Lon­don Call­ing riff that opens Prom­ises to the Coldplay sin­cer­ity that gov­erns Two Souls, Boy Kill Boy’s sec­ond album basks a lit­tle too much in re­flected glory. Chris Peck’s per­sis­tent lyri­cal vague­ness – with more ab­stract nouns than the bloody Lis­bon treaty – matches the risk-averse char­ac­ter of the band’s sound per­fectly. Which is a pity, as Stars and the Sea does mark a real growth in melodic so­phis­ti­ca­tion over 2006’s Civil­ian. If th­ese guys would only turn and face the strange a lit­tle, they could stop com­pet­ing for at­ten­tion on page 13 of NME and start cre­at­ing their own drama. And what rough beast per­suaded them to leave their finest song to date ( Time) off the album al­to­gether? www.boykill­ Down­load tracks: Be Some­body, Rosie’s On Fire

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