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Thursday 30 March 2017

Review: Hard-fi: Killer Sounds *

Atlantic

John Meagher

John Meagher

Album number three from the lads from Staines -- that grim London satellite town -- and you'll do well to find a less inspired record than this in 2011.

Hopelessly mis-titled -- trust me, not one of these tracks is of the "killer sound" variety -- and boasting one tired composition after another, Hard-Fi appear washed up and devoid of ideas.

It wasn't always that way. Their first two albums, while neither a masterpiece, boasted a smattering of up-for-it terrace tunes and the odd, unexpectedly lovely bout of introspection. This time around, they've plumped for the sort of laddish and faintly menacing sing-alongs last fashionable in about 1996 as well as some ill-advised forays into areas such as glam and electro-rock. Prosaic and predictable, the results are awful.

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