PALACE

Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums -

SO LONG FOR­EVER FIC­TION, OUT NOW Overly po­lite in­die from tipped Lon­don young­sters.

Four years into their ca­reer, Palace fi­nally get round to their de­but al­bum. Any­one fa­mil­iar with the four­some’s ear­lier two EPs won’t be sur­prised at its con­tent: widescreen in­die with the em­pha­sis on so­phis­ti­ca­tion rather than ex­cite­ment. There are hints of Jeff Buck­ley in Leo Wyn­d­ham’s vo­cals, although a more ob­vi­ous com­par­i­son for his band is Foals. The al­bum’s not with­out its mo­ments – most notably the sense of ur­gency pro­pel­ling re­cent sin­gle Have Faith. But too much sounds blood­less. Any song called Fire In The Sky ought to in­voke ei­ther a sense of won­der or ter­ror; here Wyn­d­ham might as well be singing about his pen­sion ar­range­ments. And the sheer repet­i­tive­ness of It’s Over’s cho­rus will have you wish­ing it were a self-ful­fill­ing prophecy. PHIL MONGREDIEN

Lis­ten To: Have Faith

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