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