The Naked and Fa­mous – Sim­ple Forms

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 8/FILM - ELLA WALKER 3/5

So, 2010 was spent danc­ing fran­ti­cally to The Naked

And Fa­mous’ break­out hits, Young Blood and Punch­ing In A Dream - thump­ing, emo­tional elec­tron­ica that screamed about sum­mer and youth. They have never quite man­aged to repli­cate that zeit­geisty feel, how­ever, the New Zealand five-piece cer­tainly haven’t lost any of their elec­tric magnetism. Their third record, Sim­ple Forms makes the most of mega vo­cals from Alisa Xay­alith whose reedy, ethe­real voice flies on the an­themic Higher, and the wist­ful, melan­cholic Laid Low. Things get a bit punk-boy­band on My En­ergy, thanks to gui­tarist Thom Pow­ers step­ping up to the mic, while the min­i­mal­ist start to Fall­ing fails to grab ears. A solid ef­fort that doesn’t quite reach dizzy­ing heights.

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