Bring in the Noisettes- Bring in the Fun and Everything Else

noisettesAfter two years, the Noisettes have come out with an eclectic mix of songs that will leave you with a conflicting set of emotions.

Shingai Shoniwa’s voice shines in the title track. The upbeat, catchy tune betrays the lyrics in a good way. It’s a thought-provoking song that will have you bopping your head at the same time. “Don’t Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go)” would be another run-of-the-mill rock song if not for the inventive way that Shinowa, Dan Smith and Jamie Morrison utilize bass, guitar and drums, respectively. The lyrics are repeated constantly, but the arrangement makes it fresh at every refrain. No wonder it peaked at number two on the U.K. music chart.

The Noisettes show their versatility on the track “Never Forget You.” Influences from Motown, Ronnie Spector and the Philadelphia sound shine here in the melody, lyrics and musical arrangements – this track will have you shimmying in no time. Always keeping their listening audience guessing, “Saturday Night” is a combination of disco and electronic music. Surprisingly, this experimentation in sound is a highly satisfying listen that will have you dancing around your bedroom.

The Noisettes then take a shot at the folk genre – and make it work. The lyrics on “Atticus” are compelling against a stripped down guitar backdrop. Haunting and melodic, the song will stay with you long after it is over.

Lead vocalist Shoniwa once again makes a potentially mundane song thought-provokingly spine chilling. “Every Now and Then” is subtle in its emotionality. The loneliness in this track makes it sad and listenable at the same time. However, even her voice could not save “24 Hours” and “Beat of My Heart” from being boring tracks. “Beat of My Heart” is a hyper-paced hodgepodge, while “24 Hours” is too slow to the point where it puts you to sleep. After the previous songs, you’ll begin to wonder if the Noisettes have run out of steam.

But then they come back strong with the folk/R&B “Sometimes.” This unusual combination of genres surprisingly complement each other. The harmonizing vocals of Dan Smith alongside Shoniwa’s velvet sound makes for a soothing listening treat. The guitar in the background only enhances this melodic tune. With the last song, “Cheap Kicks,” playing, you will constantly find yourself pressing play again to repeat the listening experience again. It’s a rock song encapsulated in R&B, making this song a joy to listen to.

Overall, this is a solid album with mostly well-done tracks that definitely has replay value. Once Sept. 22 hits, however you get your music, get this album – and fast.

About Donna-Lyn Washington 632 Articles
Donna-lyn Washington has a M.A. in English from Brooklyn College. She is currently teaching at Kingsborough Community College where her love of comics and pop culture play key parts in helping her students move forward in their academic careers. As a senior writer for ReviewFix she has been able to explore a variety of worlds through comics, film and television and has met some interesting writers and artists along the way. Donna-lyn does a weekly podcast reviewing indie comics and has also contributed entries to the 'Encyclopedia of Black Comics,’ the academic anthology ‘Critical Insights: Frank Yerby’ and is the editor for the upcoming book, ‘Conversations With: John Jennings.’

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