STOOSHE

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Lon­don with the Lights On

Warner Stooshe may claim that they’re “not your aver­age girl­band”, but the cold, hard facts are against them from the off. This Lon­don trio (two of whom were scouted by an agent while work­ing in TopShop) may have more at­ti­tude than your run-of-themill pop­stars, but their songs cer­tainly don’t. In fact, most of their de­but al­bum is dread­ful, de­void of mem­o­rable hooks and packed with ir­ri­tat­ingly af­fected “char­ac­ter” in the form of off- the-cuff dia­logue. The trio cram a num­ber of dif­fer­ent styles into th­ese 14 songs, from Caribbean pop ( My Man Mu­sic) to fin­ger- click­ing ’60s girl groups ( See Me Like This) and clichéd pi­ano bal­lads ( Fly Again). Lit­tle sticks. The trio’s tech­ni­cal abil­ity as vo­cal­ists is un­ques­tion­able, but there is sim­ply no charm or in­di­vid­u­al­ity to their songs. stooshe.com Down­load: Turn­ing Me On, Jimmy

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