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THE LITTLE KICKS // SHAKE OFF YOUR TROUBLES
“I don’t wanna sing about heartache anymore…let’s sing about something real” goes the chorus of one of the many outstanding tracks on the fourth album by Scottish band The Little Kicks.
There may be love and loss along the way, but the upbeat alt-pop wonders that The Little Kicks have laid out on this album also owe a lot to the bands personal journey and musical development. The songs are inspiring, structured and beguiling. It’s evident that the four-piece has focused their time and energy into creating a strong album that not only contains some wonderful melodies, it’s also sophisticated enough to stand the band apart from more sickly indie pop like Bastille and One Republic.
There are some real gems to be heard on the album, but when the band embrace their regretful and darker moments the results are terrific alt-pop anthems with an irresistible blend of psychedelia. The Little Kicks, just like the Seinfeld episode of the same name, have created a memorable, sharp, surprising and defining piece of work.
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