Label: Believe Release date: 12/07/10 Link: Myspace Buy/MP3: Amazon l Off To... Not many people apart from Mick Fleetwood know this, but you can succeed in the music industry if, and only if (not only) you name your band after a Fleetwood Mac album. Fleetwood Mac did this twice and it worked wonders for them. It also helps if the band is named after a quite good Mac album, which is why there’s so few bands going around called ‘Behind The Mask’ and whatnot. Of course all this would wither into insignificance if the band didn’t also have some good tunes, so fortunately for Scotland’s Tango In The Attic they pass both these rigorous tests of musical greatness. Certificate in the post, or not, that’s a lie. This album is a strong showing from a band who understand what makes good pop music as if they had spent every waking minute til this point studying that science. The opening array of songs are quickly realised as just fantastic pop music that should be met with the usual joy experienced when you’ve stumbled upon a really quite good album. ‘Off To...’ and ‘A Healthy Distraction’ perhaps demonstrate the band at their best and if an alien landed tomorrow and it was down to you to educate them on the ways of planet Earth, after several weeks, when it was time to teach them about Tango In The Attic, those would be the songs to play first. They sound somewhat similar in style to near-neighbours The View, both bands sharing a fondness for raucous guitar pop with memorable choruses. Though there’s also hints of a less polished Vampire Weekend or The Drums about Tango’s bright sound. They tangle with old-fashioned concepts like Jackanory and Quentin Blake which is enough to cause eyebrows to raise slightly in curiosity but lyrically there’s not really much that won’t sound familiar to most of us. But when that is coupled with such often brilliant and catchy music it is really difficult to care too much about that. The album falters slightly after the opening few songs, seeming to lose some of the impressive momentum of the first five tracks but it never loses it’s footing completely, always managing to place somewhere between ‘quite good’ and ‘very good’. Which is about all you could really want from a debut album. Photobucket