For better or worse, poptimism (the term to describe pop’s rising cred amongst connoisseurs and music writers in the early-2000s)
A decade after, AlunaGeorge along with this year’s slew of
UKG-indebted Londoners are reaping the rewards, Alunageorge
hailed as that rarest of things: truly credible chart-dwellers.
Fortunate enough to earn both critical flattery and Radio 1’s Big
Weekend bookings in equal dose,
Of course, such unease is rendered redundant if the debut album they
then deliver is a fully-formed,
modern age humdinger, but sadly it’s not quite, eventually teetering on the edge of the EDM landfill that it proudly professes to have swerved.
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That said, there is enough to suggest that the London duo (Aluna Francis and producer George Reid)
haven’t been swept up in the wave, saluting plaudits of their slick futurism undeservedly.
‘Outlines’ is a smooth, slow jam with tastefully minimal synths, setting a
seductive tone. Then early single,
‘You Know You Like It’ – with its Super-Mario-coincollecting bleeps and writhing groove – proves a classy and compelling mass-pleaser that far-transcends the plethora of inane alcopopready floorfillers out there. Next, the brilliantly
fidgety ‘Attracting Flies’, with its well-calculated assessment of bullshitters worth a doth of the hat alone, before ‘Your Drums’ proves to be
‘Body Music’’s beating heart, its timeless hook and stylistic sheen disapproving the very notion that a chart-desiring aesthetic can’t be
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