ALBUM REVIEWS


Goldspot
TALLY OF THE YES MEN
MERCURY RECORDS 11.06.07
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Well, what a difference repeated listens make. When I first heard this record, without knowing anything about the band or hearing them before, I immediately dismissed another in a long line of wishy-washy so-called British indie music. You know, the type of band that plays at 5.30 in the afternoon at Glastonbury, the type that get played on daytime Radio 1 to show how diverse their musical tastes are (Iím talking Travis/The Kooks/The View/The Enemy, etc). However, a few listens later, and digging a little deeper, Iím prepared to admit that, yes, I was wrong.

Goldspot are led by Siddhartha (Sid), who, growing up, wasnít allowed to watch TV or listen to western music. He was force fed a diet of old Indian Bollywood folk singers, until he hit his teens, where he discovered REM, The Smiths and The Cure. He takes his influences from both these very distinct sets of music, and his guitar playing influences from Johnny Marr and Robert Smith.

Tally Of The Yes Menís made up of almost exclusively of songs that start slow and build up to anthemic choruses and climaxes, and this is why it is so easy to dismiss as generic indie cannon fodder. But on repeated listens, what you have actually got here is a collection of well crafted, well written, catchy numbers. ďTime BombĒ, the stand out track on the album, is a cracker, and reminds me very much of Midlake. Well worth repeated listens.

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Ian Dugdale