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Sunday, 17 October 2021

Queen's Pleasure - Words To Live By, Suits To Die In (Name Your Price)


Amsterdam Quartet, Queen's Pleasure offer up a fascinating Indie album. There is a mine of influences on what is an angular affair. It can get a bit angsty at times, but is never overbearing. Jurre Otto's Vocals seem deliberately English.

There will be lazy comparisons to the Arctic Monkeys and there is far more here than that. Yes, Big Boys Loan is really anthemic, yet Starlet has a real New York sleaze about it. Come Around has a Psych feel in a Radiohead mesmerising way. 

How It Feels is a cross between Baggy Madchester and C86 in comparison to the urgency of Sitter's Pavement vibe. Panic From Dublin even edges towards latter day Bleu. Compare this to the Sci Fi Space Rock of Niels.

Two songs stand out most for different reasons. The brooding 6 minute closer, To Mirror, builds and builds until it hits a magnificent Brit Pop Guitar Solo. Empty Occasion is completely out of kilter with all that is around it. It is a killer Pop Rock song. There's a lot to like here. There is far more depth on repeated listens than first thoughts.

You can listen to and buy the album here. With it being at "Name Your Price", what have you got to lose?


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