Noisettes: Contact – review

(Mono-Ra-Rama)

Noisettes' last album, 2009's Wild Young Hearts, marked a sudden shift from the scrappy indie of their debut to a polished pop sound and yielded No 2 hit Don't Upset the Rhythm (Go Baby Go). Unsurprisingly, there's no volte-face here; chart-friendly electropop and retro soul predominate, and though there's variety in the mandolin strum of Rag Top Car and the title track's orchestral balladry, these are smooth gear changes rather than detours. Still, Shingai Shoniwa's vocals supply enough personality to elevate them above standard winebar fare, and the perky doo-wop of That Girl, in particular, is impossible to dislodge.

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