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Hard Lines ★★★ Crys­tal Paris

Lucky Soul make you yearn for a dif­fer­ent time, for the not-sodis­tant past when Satur­day morn­ings were less about chefs and more about pop stars be­ing ha­rassed by pup­pets. There is a charm­ing soft­ness to the Lon­don band’s sound that is ab­sent in to­day’s brit­tle, cool pop world. They be­long in the era of fierce chart bat­tles and mu­sic weekly classifieds. The gen­tle elec­tro- bop of Too Much, with its tin­kling gui­tar line and tra­di­tional sad girl theme of look­ing for love in all the wrong places sounds like a miss­ing Kylie song. The smooth 1960s-soul of ( Hurts Like) A Bee Sting is the kind of dream-pop The Cardi­gans ex­celled at. On al­bum high­light, the disco stormer No Ti Amo, they morph into the miss­ing link be­tween St Eti­enne and So­phie El­lis Bex­tor. Hard Lines is no mas­ter­piece of moder­nity but its warm retro stylings still man­age to se­duce. luck­

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