Noisettes: Contact – review


Noisettes are anathema to those who feel indie-ish pop should have a deeper purpose – their third album is a frothfest of colour and light, with a joyous disregard for genre boundaries, but almost zilch in the way of introspection. Its "redeeming" quality, if one were needed, is that it's been made by a band with an almost nerdy love of music and its power to lift the spirit. Indeed, Shingai Shoniwa, whose springy vocals are the keystone of the duo's sound, credits Contact's optimism with helping her mother battle cancer. The eclecticism of a record that flits from trad country (Ragtop Car) to bossa nova (Star) and indie-disco that strives for the giddiness of their 2009 hit Don't Upset the Rhythm (I Want You Back) would feel a bit scattergun if Shoniwa and guitarist Dan Smith weren't so obviously fans of each style they tackle. This isn't one of those albums that diddles around with multiple genres solely in the hope of expanding a band's fanbase. And it's rather fabulous that Final Call features the absurdly posh Deborah Evans-Strickland of 1970s one-hit wonders the Flying Lizards.


Caroline Sullivan

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