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Razorlight
Razorlight
Universal Motown Records
www.razorlight.co.uk


The British rock quartet Razorlight have returned with their latest cut, a self-titled release following their debut CD Up All Night from 2004. On their current release Razorlight have made homage to classic rock riffs and melodies with songs that revive the rock trusses of the '60s in a bowing fashion like Los Lonely Boys, The Raconteurs, Stars, and The Libertines. Their producer Chris Thomas (The Pretenders, Roxy Music, INXS) was the right guy for the task, bringing out the rock revivalist dialect in the instrument parts and the vocals of lead singer and guitarist Johnny Borrell.

Joining Borrell are guitarist and backup vocalist Bjorn Agnen, bass guitarist Carl Dalemo, and drummer Andy Burrows. Sometimes the music has reflections of The Kinks, sometimes there is a feeling that Razorlight are channeling The Pretenders or The Rolling Stones, but there is always a sense that you are listening to Razorlight and not someone else. The tapping keyboard trails on "Who Needs Love?" are snazzy while surrounded by bluesy rock tones. "In The Morning" has contoured hooks with zing that are easily consumed. The soft rolling melody of "America" offer dips and lifts which give it an enjoyable momentum.

Like the blues rock syntax of the '60s, Razorlight crafts melodies with a natural shuttle and inclinations that don't overwhelm the listeners but simply put them in a cheerful mood. The juggling motions on "Before I Fall To Pieces" have a combination of acoustic and electric rock circuitry. "Pop Song 2006" shouts out of pop/rock consumption with a buoyant rhythm and vocals that play effortlessly along the intricate fittings and melodic shifts. "Kirby's House" stands out with its shading of country-tinged blues rock. "Back To The Start" is a fun number with pleats of calypso beats and the subtle inflections on "Los Angeles Waltz" have a reclining disposition that closes the album in a relaxing mode.

Razorlight does not necessarily compose anything new or groundbreaking on this album. Their ditties are upbeat and fun with a firm base of rhythmic beats. They achieve reviving classic blues rock signatures and bringing them into contemporary times. Their current album marks them as rock revivalists with catchy songs that are universally consumable. Each instrument part is significant in the mix which catapults Razorlight to the solidarity status of The Rolling Stones and Duran Duran, where the public knows every band member's name and the instrument they play. And like these aforementioned bands, the players of Razorlight were brought together by fate, an example of those celestial forces working everything out right.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1. In The Morning
2. Who Needs Love
3. Hold On
4. America
5. Before I Fall To Pieces
6. I Can't Stop This Feeling I've Got
7. Pop Song 2006
8. Kirby's House
9. Back To The Start
10. Los Angeles Waltz


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