Friday 19 January 2018

More is more for UK duo

Duo: Odd couple AlunaGeorge
Duo: Odd couple AlunaGeorge
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Album Review: Alunageorge Body Music (Island) 3 STARS

Aluna Francis and George Reid are the hippest duo to name drop this summer, specialising in a sophisticated and slinky appropriation of RnB, futuristic pop and minimal beats that draw on bass, garage, dubstep and house.

Body Music opens with Outlines, a dreamy, not-quite-there sort of tune. You Know You Like It follows the template but adds the crucial ingredient of a good chorus.

Attracting Flies goes one further and delivers their debut album's first golden pop moment, sounding like a stripped-down and restrained version of Lily Allen.

Your Drums follows this pleasant flow of accomplished pop, but a bit more ruthless editing would have benefited the end result. Kaleidoscope Love suffers badly from a uniformity of tone and the album is a testing 50 minutes long.

AlunaGeorge seem desperate to prove they've more than a few big tunes, but they're too eager to push this to the limits. The bottom line is that a debut album doesn't have to take up the best part of an hour just because it can.

Aluna Francis' hip chipmunk vocal also can grate over such a lengthy listen. Francis and Reid are unquestionably talented, but a less-is-more approach and a willingness to work on a more expansive sound should reap rich dividends.

KEY TRACKS Attracting Flies, Your Drums

Irish Independent

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