Friday 19 January 2018

Music: You Say, We Say by Royseven ***


John Meagher

John Meagher

Most Irish bands who achieve some measure of success in their backyard automatically turn to the UK. Not Royseven. The sextet, whose stock-in-trade is huge, epic rock, have made significant in-roads in Germany -- Europe's biggest music market -- to such an extent that they are probably better known in Cologne and Leipzig than they are in Cork and Limerick.

This second album could make them household names in both countries. Lead single We Should Be Lovers is enjoying extensive radio airplay at the moment and it's easy to see why -- this is unashamedly commercial, hook-heavy pop-rock designed to appeal to mass audiences. Truly, The Script don't have anything as insidiously catchy as this one.

And We Should Be Lovers is simply a taster of half-a-dozen similarly FM-friendly songs jostling for attention on this sleekly produced album. I Need to Know Your Name and Channel 103 on My TV are straight-up rockers, boasting memorable guitar riffs, and the enormous choruses. Say what you will about Royseven, but they know how to write stadium anthems.

Tipperary frontman Paul Walsh is at the forefront of everything here, whether he's channelling his inner Morten Harket (a-Ha) during the synth-pop moments or, at his most theatrical, Matt Bellamy (Muse).

As the album progresses, the melodrama irks considerably and the lack of light and shade is hard to digest. But the band's way around a memorable tune can't be faulted.

The hipsters will hate them, but one senses Walsh and friends have far bigger fish to fry.

Burn it: We Should Be Lovers; I Need to Know You

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