Superhero - The Bicycle Thieves

Published Tuesday 24th February 2009
Superhero - The Bicycle Thieves
Superhero - The Bicycle Thieves

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 74715-15136
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Graeme Crawford

Over the years that they have been together, the Glasgow band have continued to develop musically. From the indie/Britpop leanings of their early independent releases through to the more mainstream rock of their more recent albums, the band have constantly evolved and matured their sound. Consequently, this latest offering floats between blues-based Rolling Stones-esque rock 'n' roll such as "All You People" and more contemporary The Fray/Scouting For Girls style piano-led pop numbers like "Emergenza". The production is clear, allowing all the instruments room to manoeuvre, while singer Tim Cheshire's voice has lashings of power and emotion. Several of the lyrics here reflect directly or indirectly the themes raised in the French movie classic and work well, even if you haven't seen the film. Also, Cheshire's winning way with memorable song hooks shows through on tracks like the opener "Cool Police" and "All You People". Finally, the production values, which were a bit muddy on previous Superhero albums, have been improved significantly. All in all, a fine pop rock album.

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