Finally, after an unsuccessful attempt to launch the band off a large label, Little Comets' debut In Search of Elusive Little Comets is here, and it's pretty darn brilliant. The album is a really triumph, filled with the band's perception of cheerful yet clever alternative pop. The Newcastle band is already much-admired for their exciting live shows and the debut album honestly deserves similar endorsement.

Musically the record is centered on Indie pop guitar riffs and overlays with some other quirky instruments and sounds filling the back of the tracks. The lead vocals of Robert Coles are really quite distinctive, reaching high points and works well with the tone of the music and vocal harmonies from the other members of the band. Many acts who are described as Indie Pop may have been criticized for their lack of musical aptitude, yet Little Comets are real musicians who are incredibly skilled lyrically and musically in creating the perfectly balanced and unique sound they have come to perform.

What I particularly like about the album is the genius of the lyrics, with many tracks offering a thoughtful presentation of modern life. 'Isles', my particular favourite track, discusses some massive issues with lyrics such as "The streets are bleak, the kids are running wild" and "Terror on the pavement, panic in the streets". What is brilliant is that the track tackles these topics in such a contented tone. Lyrically intricate, the track also has an amazing break in which many cities are cleverly incorporated into this apathetic rhetoric. Continuing the ingenuity of the songs, 'Friday Don't Need It' is another track that contains the main musical characteristic of the band, catchiness. You find your self walking around the house a few hours after listening, singing to yourself the repeated chorus "Cause Friday Don't need it, Don't need it, Don't need it". The track has a fantastic pace which builds, and is centered around the topic that "everybody wants to act like they rule the world once a week on a Friday".

'One Night in October' again is a great track and uses clever little lines to describe things such as indecision "Just like Carlisle she lies on the border" while 'Intelligent Animals' make use of so more interesting instrument such as a piano and includes some impressive vocals from Robert Cole. The tone of the record does change in some parts of the tracks, such as in 'Adultery' to represent some more despondent context and adds variety to the already eventful record. At the beginning of this track the guitar mimics the lively vocals with a great sound being created. The acoustic intro of 'Joanna', the bands most recent single release, gives the album a surprising and refreshing turn , with the entire band in unison shouting the name 'Joanna' followed by the anthemic 'It's the morning and it still doesn't feel right'.

For a genre which is considered by some to have run dry, Little Comets offer their very unique perception of it, and it is very welcome. It has been a long while since I have enjoyed one album so much from just a few listens and I am now desperate to see them live again.

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