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Holes in the Wall - Electric Soft Parade (2002)
Genre:

British guitar pop

Most similar to:

Radiohead, Coldplay, Starsailor, Oasis

Best tracks?

Silent to the Dark, Holes in the Walls

Buy it at Amazon!
Buy it at Amazon!

Why did I buy it?

Enjoyed their set at Glastonbury 2002 and needed something new to listen to. Also came with a bonus live CD.

Review:

Firstly, if you love British guitar pop, you'll love this. It's got the singalong factor for playing in the car, you can awkwardly sway to it at gigs - just go out and buy it.

If you need a bit more convincing, here it comes. The songs are full of influences - Red Balloon for Me sounds like Oasis, there are moments of Bluetones-y (and even Supertramp style) optimism, driving guitars reminscent of early Garbage, and Radiohead-like roboticism and occasionaly melancholy. Yet it doesn't seek to copy, and makes its own sound - pacy and tight.

Every song is slightly different, and yet the album works well as a unit and provides a versatile 55 minutes of sound equally suitable for playing at a party or for turning up loud and shutting out the world.

The amazing thing about this album is that it is created by two teenage boys. It's surprisingly mature for a debut, and this band can only rise in esteem.

Would I buy it again?

Definitely.


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