The Vamps, AKA McFly 2.0, have hit upon a novel way to stay relevant. Night Edition represents one half of their third album, Night & Day, its flip side due in December. So, in theory, this instalment represents the club-friendly portion, the opening two songs (Middle of the Night, All Night) both rudimentary, EDM-light dance songs, the former losing points for failing to include a proper chorus. The album’s much better when they step away from the dance floor and inject the songs with something approaching emotion, as with Same to You’s chest-clenching chorus and the catchy Sad Song. Elsewhere, however, their lack of personality can’t enliven the by-numbers production.
The Vamps: Night & Day – Night Edition review – dancey but dull
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