CD: Noisettes, What's the Time Mr Wolf

(Vertigo)

It's a conventional line-up of guitar, bass and drums powering the Noisettes, but you'd think they were playing industrial cleaning machines, so ear-scouring is their sound. Their debut album kicks off with four songs previously released as singles, each one dazzling in its confidence. There's a pummelling vitality to Don't Give Up, while on Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit) the band clearly couldn't decide which of two exhilarating choruses was better so they've included both. Perhaps unsurprisingly - and thankfully - the album can't maintain this pace, but no song is without some distinguishing feature, be it the riff bloody as a raw steak in IWE or the berserk clash of jazz, metal

and regency France in Mind the Gap. As if there weren't enough going on musically, there's singer Shingai Shoniwa, one of the great front-women of our time, her voice jittery then seductive, taunting then softly beautiful.

"Scratch your name into the fabric of this world," she commands on Scratch Your Name: the Noisettes shouldn't have any trouble doing just that.

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