Alt-pop rock­ers off track

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

There was a time when these Cal­i­for­nian alt-pop rock­ers were the next big thing – 2007’s Hang Me Up To Dry prompted com­par­isons with the White Stripes and huge puffs from both sides of the in­die fence – but now that seems as long ago as search­ing for reds un­der the bed.

Gone are the sharp edges and, thanks to Kings of Leon pro­ducer Jac­quire King, their third al­bum has a pol­ished ra­dio-friendly fi­nesse – much to its detri­ment.

It’s as if the kids are play­ing at grown-ups.

Nathan Wil­lett’s ef­forts to swing from Ar­cade Fire-style off-beat tracks such as Louder than Eve to his boy-band croon­ing on the ti­tle track fall way short. The kids just leave me cold.

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