It would be sweet if this London trio had opted for the name Noisettes because it was French for hazelnut, but in fact they were just trying to convey the idea that they're noisy. Or were - but that was in their freewheeling indie days. Now signed to a major, and apparently on the verge of a Ting Tings-style breakthrough, Noisettes have become a sophisticated pop group whose focal point is the talented singer/bassist Shingai Shoniwa. The single Don't Upset the Rhythm, which reached No 2, typifies their ebullient, retro-R&B approach, but it isn't the best thing on the album. That would be either Never Forget You, which layers bells, strings and Latin percussion into a triumphant wall of sound, or So Complicated, where a starcrossed-lovers lyric is pitted against an irresistible rockabilly lilt. Saturday Night deserves a mention, too, for containing the word "shenanigans". The perfect springtime record.
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Caroline Sullivan writes about rock and pop for the Guardian