The wait for a new Hoosiers record has been a long one. Some would say it's been far too long, but if the substance provided following the wait is fantastic, who's to judge?

And so the group of four - Irwin Sparkes, Martin Skarendahl, Alfonso Sharland and Sam Swallow - have a lot to prove.

Opening with 'Somewhere In The Distance', they don't sound as jovial as I quite remember. They're definitely on form, that's not something that's up for debate, but I'm begging to hear something a little more 'Goodbye Mr A' and 'Cops and Robbers' as the record progresses.

Still, we've got another 11 tracks to go through, and so my hopes are still high.

'Make Or Break (You Gotta Know)' and 'My Last Fight' are similar in that the vocals are on-point, and they're great tunes - they're just not what I painted The Hoosiers to be. This coming from a casual listener who knew the radio hits rather than an avid fan who knew every previous album song inside out.

Track number four piques my interest with its experimental production. 'Fidget Brain' sees sound built-up until the very last moment, where we're dropped back to Earth and Irwin's vocals round out the track.

Title track 'The News From Nowhere' slots itself in the middle of the collection, and unfortunately is a tad disappointing. My hope of 'old Hoosier vibes' is beginning to fade, but that's not to say this isn't an OK record in its own right.

Then, in kicks 'Rocket Star', and that hope is reignited more than ever before. This is a stellar track - a gem - and perhaps one of the greatest Hoosiers songs in their career to-date.

'To The Lions' follows suit, and I now visibly have a smile on my face. Not only does it bring back that classic vibe, but it also seems to stomp on new ground. The second half of the album is better than the first with these two tracks alone.

'Upset' and 'Weirdo' bring things down a little bit once more, leading up to the record's final two tracks 'Impossible Boy' and 'Nathan's Loft'.

The former is a little forgettable as the group seem to be bringing things to a halt with this offering. The latter contains minimal production and is quite an emotional tune, conveyed through raw vocals.

On a whole I'm left wanting more, but not completely disappointed. There are moments of greatness, and moments I could give or take.

The Hoosiers' new album 'The News From Nowhere' is released Monday, April 14.


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