ALBUM REVIEWS


Sohodolls
RIBBED MUSIC FOR THE NUMB GENERATION
FILTHY PRETTY RECORDS 3.9.07
@www.vanguard-online.co.uk



The debut album from the Soho Dolls is a sleazy trip through the underbelly of city life, featuring songs about strippers, violence, paranoia and police car chases, all set to a thudding electro-rock backdrop, reminiscent of such 80’s icons as Heaven 17, Depeche Mode and the Human League.

However, this album sounds anything but retro. What with all this nu-rave malarkey being popular with “the kids” at the moment (in fact the Dolls have supported chief nu-ravers, and Mercury prize winning™ Klaxons) this record sounds very now. And this is my problem with it really – I have the sneaking suspicion that, listening to it in two years time, I will realise that it actually sucks. At the moment though, it sounds great.

The songs are upbeat, and disco-influenced, but not cheesy in any way. The lyrics are tongue in cheek and not to be taken too seriously. The best tracks on here (“Stripper” and “My Vampire”) mashes up goth, electro and rock, and that can’t be bad surely?

An album for playing loud, for playing today, but probably won’t stand the test of time.

www.sohodolls.co.uk


Ian Dugdale