Chapel Club are quite possibly the underdogs of British indie music. When they first rose to the scene last year, they were constantly criticised for their air of darkness because it was 'too similar' to that of 80’s bands such as Joy Division and to the array of similar artists that had been knocking around the previous year - Glasvegas, White Lies etc... Also the whole, stealing lyrics from Ella Fritzgerald thing didn't go down well with cynical indie types either.

These things warped people's views of the band. Chapel Clubs poetic lyrics and competent musicianship were completely overlooked until recently (probably due to the NME Tour and the release of their stunning EP, Wintering) because of what people had heard about them. As far as I'm concerned, Lewis Bowman is one of the most skilful, powerful lyricists to emerge in the past couple of years. If he hadn't have made it as a musician, I'm pretty certain that he'd have made it as a romantic poet.

Throughout Palace, Lewis Bowman's lyrics are consistently beautiful and presented amongst layers of impressive guitar work and driving drum beats which add 'pop' elements; every aspect complements the other to create a vast, celestial noise. Who cares if they used some of Ella Fritzgerald's lyrics? They made them work well and that's the only thing that matters. The more you listen to Chapel Club, the more you appreciate them. I think that perhaps this album will be valued more and more with time as the intensity and magnificence of Palace dawns on listeners. The band have clearly put their all into this LP and its really paid off as the outcome is an endearingly heartfelt, charming piece of work.

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