Metronomy: Love Letters review – Heartache with a new-wave groove

(Because)

While Alex Turner has been slowly easing his frame into the flesh-suit of an American 17-year-old from the 1950s, the reputation of the fey English frontman has been sustained almost entirely by Metronomy's Joe Mount. It is perhaps testament to his unwitting dedication to being coy and British that Love Letters is the quartet's most indie and foppish-sounding album yet: a string of lo-fi pop songs about heartache eccentrically nuanced with a new-wave groove. The winsome Most Immaculate Haircut is a sweet vignette to insecurity, and The Upsetter is just as wobbly-lipped as its title suggests, Mount meowing mopishly: "Why you giving me a hard time tonight?" In contrast, drummer Anna Prior's soulful backing vocals are glorious, and as her voice blossoms on Month of Sundays with the rapture of Minnie Riperton's Les Fleurs, it almost seems a shame that she doesn't nudge Mount off his podium more often.

Contributor

Harriet Gibsone

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Metronomy: Summer 08 review – wistful reminiscence and vintage bangers

Dave Simpson

30, Jun, 2016 @9:45 PM

Article image
Love Letters review – Metronomy add 60s songwriting to their 80s synths
The follow-up to 2011's The English Riviera is a frustrating mix of the sublime and the obtuse, writes Kitty Empire

Kitty Empire

09, Mar, 2014 @10:59 AM

Metronomy - review
Where the older material sounds quaint, songs from forthcoming album The English Riviera seem to have swapped quirks for accessibility, writes Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson

24, Jan, 2011 @6:06 PM

Article image
Metronomy – review

The band makes a euphoric homecoming loaded with new material that twitches like nu-rave Sly Stone, writes Caroline Sullivan

Caroline Sullivan

30, Jan, 2014 @12:36 PM

Night Works: Urban Heat Island – review
Former Metronomy man Gabriel Stelling's solo debut gathers power as it goes along, and boasts some terrific, bold songs, writes Rebecca Nicholson

Rebecca Nicholson

28, Feb, 2013 @10:00 PM

Article image
Metronomy – review

Metronomy's homecoming gig was the perfect setting for their sun-kissed tales of life by the British seaside, writes Kitty Empire

Kitty Empire

23, Apr, 2011 @11:05 PM

Article image
Robyn: Honey review – beautifully personal pop perfection | Alexis Petridis' album of the week
By manipulating the modern pop palette to craft a complex heartbreak album, Robyn shows her imitators how it’s done

Alexis Petridis

25, Oct, 2018 @10:00 AM

CD: Metronomy, Nights Out

What impresses most is how the band manage to corral their disparate ideas into a cohesive whole

Alex Macpherson

05, Sep, 2008 @11:10 AM

Metronomy, King Tut's, Glasgow

King Tut's, Glasgow

Miles Johnson

27, Feb, 2008 @1:15 PM

Metronomy: The English Riviera – review
Metronomy reposition southwest England to the southwest of the US for their new album. By Caroline Sullivan

Caroline Sullivan

07, Apr, 2011 @10:00 PM