There’s nothing innately wrong with Heartthrob yet the songs are missing the zing; the spark that demands you hit play repeatedly.
Closer, the lead from Heartthrob, reminds the masses that the women are still here. Closer is as pop friendly a song as you're ever likely to hear – full of big synths with the familiar harmonic vocals about love. It's so pop-tastic it could be Kelly Clarkson or The Veronicas belting out the lyrics.
Goodbye Goodbye and Drove Me Wild are of similar ilk and a bit too formulaic. Now I'm All Messed Up asks 'whose life you're making worthwhile?' before it meanders into an unremarkable pop ballad. I Was A Fool starts well before it follows the same trajectory of verse, chorus, bridge with a minimal build up and a final rousing chorus.
Heartthrob remains mysterious and as dark as previous offerings, albeit in sporadic doses as the sisters ditched guitar and added extra synths and pop-friendly beats. There's nothing innately wrong with Heartthrob yet the songs are missing the zing; the spark that demands you hit play repeatedly. And because of that, Heartthrob is a largely forgettable piece of pop.
Veterans lead this week's releases with new albums from Tim Rogers & The Bamboos (Album Of The Week) and Daniel Johns plus albums from Ella Thompson, The Vaccines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.