The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - AILBHE MALONE

Call­ing the Boy Least Likely To “twee” is like call­ing Christ­mas “amaz­ing”. But this record is as twee as Belle and Se­bas­tian at ATP wear­ing cardi­gans – a prospect that would be too sac­cha­rine if not for the weary streak run­ning through the LP. Kept in limbo for a year, The Law

of the Play­ground was the al­bum equiv­a­lent of Tom Hanks in The

Ter­mi­nal: all of a sud­den, the band didn’t have a la­bel any­more, but it was a la­bel they couldn’t leave. Even­tu­ally self-re­leased, the al­bum took its toll on the duo. Tracks such as The Boy Least Likely to Is a Ma­chine monotonously de­tail the me­chan­i­cal ins-and-outs of the busi­ness. But you can’t keep th­ese cheery chap­pies down for long, and sun­shine wins over rain­clouds.

A Fairy­tale End­ing, the al­bum’s closer, ac­knowl­edges re­al­ity – but only if there’s magic in­volved. www.the­boyleast­like­

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