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Monday, 7 February 2011

The Boxer Rebellion - The Cold Still


The Boxer Rebellion are that most loathed of things - a mainstream indie band - who arrive, fully formed, like Topsy, sounding - according to various critics, like a suitable melange of Coldplay, Radiohead, and, yes, David Gray - as well, as (perhaps alarmingly), often as falsettoish as A-ha.  The Cold Still, is, for all that, a very good album (the for all that being its latent mediocrity) - though well-made pop-rock in the Kings of Leon vein is not all bad at all.

Though I agree with The Replacements that putting a foot wrong makes the song work more authentically, there's a pleasure to be had in the manipulative sonic entertainments The Boxer Rebellion offers here.  I am not sure what will happen to them, but they could break the States big.  I do love "Step Out of the Car" as a phrase to use for a song title - the video being curiously homoerotic in a rather non-descript way.  The lead singer is, from the looks of things, movie star handsome.  That shouldn't hurt a bit.
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