If last year the Kaiser Chiefs heralded the return of Brit Pop, it’s fitting that this year the 1990’s should serve up You Made Me Like It; a perfect slice of pristine guitar pop, direct from 1997. With more than a passing debt to Every Day Should Be a Holiday era Dandy Warhols, this is a pleasant, chugging, feel-good summer track that is almost guaranteed to make the sun come out. Like Bennet on Kool-Aid rather than White Lightening.
Arcade Precinct is slightly more Menswe@r in its vocal delivery; Tales of Urban Boredom rather than Bohemia. The lyrical comment is on slightly dodgy ground (there’s talk of 13/14 year old girls from the ‘Catholic School’. We only have to look at Alex Kapranos to know that The 1990’s were not 13/14 back in the 1990s), but are dressed in such a sweetly innocent tune that they can be glossed over with hardly a backward glance.
The mid-1990s were bloody ace for music (‘Hello, my name’s George and I’m a Brit Pop-aholic’). The 1990’s perfectly replicate some of the less-urgent bands of that period. Which makes them pretty ace. Whether they’re relevant in 2006 is a moot point, but when did borrowing heavily from a decade ago start affecting a band’s success?