Three nerds from North West Leicestershire's home town of Baron Zouche who have a certain somewhat unhealthy fascination for tweed, Adam & The Ants and Benny Hill impressions sound like an unlikely trio to be playing post-punk pop with killler hooks. The Mercury nominated threesome, once described rather outrageously as looking like "A bunch of paedo's", have built on the success and acclaim of their previous two studio albums, 'Voices Of Animals And Men' and 'Superabundance', to produce a potent new album that fizzes and sparkles with quality and creativity.
'Ornaments From The Silver Arcade' is set to be the sound track to a sizzling summer. With 5 potential singles delivered within the opening six tracks Young Knives strut their stuff as if giving an exhibition match or master class in well written, sharp, biting pop tunes. (Fear no longer boys, I think all who listen will agree that you are easily 10x better than The Darkness!) The first single 'Love My Name' leads off the effervescent set with rousing guitar breaks and intermittent spacey pea poppers. The only slight weak link in the chain of opening tunes, 'Woman' is up next. Pairing early Foals with that of The The, style and composition is no real failing for the horn accessorised number, it just doesn't quite match the others extremely high standard. 'Everything Falls Into Place' resets the bar. Starting brilliantly with a close approximation to The Falls take on 'Victoria' the almost 'petulant' bass line kicks along before the song breaks into its multiple hook laden verse and chorus. Chased to a climax in the latter 1/3rd by keys and conversation it's what the 3 minute pop tune was meant to be.
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