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Posted by: Dave on April 23, 2007 at 10:09 am

NoisettesWhat'stheTimeSound: Raucous, arty London punk with lots of snappy hooks. Shingai Shinawa howls, yelps and vamps her way all over the place as she brings to mind in-your-face rockers like Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex), as well as stunning crooners like Billie Holiday.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Bridge to Canada”; “Don’t Give Up”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Sister Rosetta (Capture the Spirit)”; “Scratch Your Name”; “The Count of Monte Christo”; “Never Fall In Love Again”
Recommended: The Noisettes rip through one striking and original hit after another with their anything-is-possible attitude…on the first half of What’s the Time Mr. Wolf? But as the album progresses, they get more experimental and end up with some odder, less tuneful tracks that lack the same impact. Regardless, The Noisettes are an exciting and promising new band.
Grade: B+

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One Response to “The Noisettes What’s the Time Mr. Wolf? (Universal Motown)”

  1. New Music Nation » Blog Archive » Review: The Noisettes Wild Young Hearts (Mercury) Says:

    […] Sound: A major departure from the raucous, arty London punk of their 2007 debut What’s The Time Mr. Wolf? Wild Young Hearts is much softer and sweeter. Nearly every track has a throwback vibe—either ‘60s Motown, ‘70s disco or ‘80s electro pop—with a slight modern twist—beefier guitars, fuller production or hints of the reckless attitude that spilled out all over their previous work. No matter what era they tackle, there’s one constant that holds everything together—frontwoman Shingai Shinawa. As the Noisettes jump from genre to genre, she shows off her multi-faceted range and power as a vocalist. Heavy Rotation tracks: “Atticus”; “Wild Young Hearts” Medium Rotation tracks: “Never Forget You”; “Every Now and Then”; “Sometimes” Recommended: After you get over the initial shock of hearing this significantly tamer and more pop-friendly version of The Noisettes, you may find yourself thinking that Wild Young Hearts is a better, more interesting way to showcase the band’s talents—particular Shingai’s voice. Like their debut, this isn’t quite a stunner from start to finish, but there are several worthwhile highlights. Grade: B+ […]

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