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Blos­soms ★★ Vir­gin EMI

Ac­cord­ing to Tom Og­den, there hasn’t been a Manch­ester band with “great songs and strong melodies” for a while – but the Blos­soms front­man’s band aren’t the saviours of the city’s mu­si­cal legacy, ei­ther. The quin­tet’s de­but al­bum was pro­duced by The Coral’s James Skelly, ergo should have plun­dered from the wack­ier end of in­die-pop. In­stead, it sounds like a safer ver­sion of that band with a dash of 1980s syn­th­pop here ( At Most a Kiss), strummed dirges ( On Her Bed) and just the oc­ca­sional flash of psych-pop ( Blown Rose). Og­den tries and fails to cap­ture Alex Turner’s witty turn of phrase with hu­mour­less lyrics like “When you were mine / You were so kind / But you went and changed your mind”, but mostly, it’s just dis­ap­point­ingly bog-stan­dard in­die. blos­soms­

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