"Hey Girl, get on the dance floor" - Not the opening of one of those piece-of-shit-euro-trance songs, but the jump-start launch of Razorlight’s spiky second single. Frontman Johnny Borrell delivers ‘Rip it Up’s instructive lyrics with a tonal quality as English as The Libertines' teapot and as gritty as the inside of their kettle. With U2/Talking Heads nob-twiddler Steve Lillywhite at the controls, this song's cutting guitars and furious drums are controlled in usual Razorlight fashion, by a languidly defiant vocal. Although this offering is not as captivating as some of the lyrical fluidity Borrell displays during Razorlight’s live shows (a trait that separates this band from the rest), 'Rip it Up' is a satisfyingly rockin' single - the least you'd expect from one of this year's most exciting bands.
6Ross Bennett's Score