New Young Pony Club - The Optimist Release date: 4th May 2010 New Young Pony Club’s debut album was so infectious, that no one believed they could top it. There new album, The Optimist, is very similar to their previous album. It has the same hook, the same rhythm - in fact, it’s not very different at all. There is a few slight changes to instruments and beats - but it’s still recognisably NYPC. This new album is a solid release by the band. Lead singer, Tahita Bulmer provides the usual honey sweet, silky smooth vocals, just as flawlessly as before, while the rest of the band spins the usual din on their machinery. Still, it’s catchy, although slightly emotionless, but who cares - it’s poppy and fresh.
Marina & The Diamonds - The Family Jewels Release date: 25th May 2010 Marina is an exceptional songstress. She sounds a bit like Enya, Gwen Stefani and probably a bit of Britney Spears. This is a well composed, though slightly immaturely written album - but you can’t complain, because it’s clearly just her own expression, which is admirable. As for the sound - it is a mix of instrumental with the occasional pop-ish drum. This combines stunningly with Marina’s Vocals however, so the end result is no where near stale. The stand out tracks include “Numb” and “Hermit The Frog”, as well as “Obsessions”. Marina is a fresh face, and this is raw, original, fun, thought provoking, and emotive.
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