Artist: Various Cruelties
Album: Various Cruelties
Label: Mercury Records
The self entitled album marks the debut record from band Various Cruelties, we have already seen Chemicals and Great Unknown from the record.
Believe me this is a great debut album that is just so infections from start to finish - I defy you to not get swept away in the upbeat tracks.
Chemicals is the opening track on the record and the light hearted melodies is what makes this track to uplifting - it immediately sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Great Unknown is another of the radio friendly tracks on the record and Liam O'Donnell sweeping and soulful vocals really do take central stage.
It's easy to see why O'Donnell has been compared to the likes of Paolo Nutini in his vocal style - there is just a rougher feel to his voice.
And with the catchy riffs and jumpy guitars his vocals work beautifully - he really does have a voice that you won't tire of hearing.
Magnetic Field starts out as quite a quiet track but when the guitars really kick in turns into a very powerful rock track.
The guitar solo in the middle of the track is also a real highlight. But moving between quiet and loud really does work well and gives the song a different feel to the rest of the tracks.
Cold As You has a punkier feel to it while with Dry Your Tears it's all change again as there is more of an electric feel to the backing sounds.
There really isn't a weak track on this great debut album as the band show that they can tackle a series of different sounds, all with great success.
The likes of Jools Holland have voiced their support for the band and it seems that they have a very bright future ahead of them.
Various Cruelties - Various Cruelties is out now
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FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw