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.