CD: Lostprophets, Liberation Transmission

(Visible Noise)

They're from South Wales and lumber songs with titles such as A Town Called Hypocrisy and Always All Ways (Apologies, Glances and Messed-up Chances), but that's as far as similarities to the Manic Street Preachers go.

Pontypridd's Lostprophets are head honchos of their own specialised scene, which blends the essences of McFly, Green Day and Topshop on a Saturday afternoon. The audience for this kind of thing is at the younger end of the teenage scale, and crammed full of girls, who will be much taken with Liberation Transmission's photos of the quintet at their floppy-fringed hunkiest.

Because they've had no massive singles, there's an under-the-radar quality about Lostprophets, which is deceptive. Their 2004 second album, Start Something, sold nearly 1m copies in America, and half a million here; if they're going to ascend to big-name status, this third release, their most punkily accessible yet, will be the one that does it.

Bouncing with vigour and hormones, the band are apparently at the same stage of adolescence as their fans, revealing in A Town Called Hypocrisy that they're only now "growing up". It's a convenient image to convey, especially if you're actually a rock group pushing 30, and Lostprophets pull it off with much fuming and pouting about the dullness of life in Pontypridd. There's an undisguiseable adult astuteness about their sound, though, which is founded on the perennial trinity of sneering vocals, monster choruses and fizzing rock guitars.

Can't Catch Tomorrow, whose fab subtitle is (Good Shoes Won't Save You This Time), is an air-punching, Green Day-ish anthem, and the momentum is maintained by Everybody's Screaming!!!, which offers the crystal meth experience in the form of a furiously fast pop tune. "Pop" is the operative word throughout the album; from the swayability of 4am Forever to the lyric of Broken Hearts, Torn-up Letters and the Story of a Lonely Girl, which reads like the problem page of Sugar magazine ("She's closed the book/ Jealousy has only got one friend/ And Joey's heart was never meant to mend"), the album is completely user-friendly. And if most users happen to be 14-year-old girls, that says something rather flattering about Liberation Transmission.

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Caroline Sullivan

The GuardianTramp

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