Sheffield fivesome Reverend & The Makers have brought to us their fourth album to date, ‘ThirtyTwo’. It’s filled with an eclectic mix of sounds that, although makes each individual song have similarities to other bands around them, makes the album as a whole pretty unique. It’s hard to listen to the album without hearing influences of Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs, for example.
Some songs are more hit than miss unfortunately, such as ‘Different Trains’ which has an irritating synth/electronic sound the whole way thorugh, and is made even more annoying by the repetitives “la la” sections that accompany it. It’s possible to see what the band were going for, it’s a bit of a risk taker, trying to be a bit quirky and it could have worked, but on this occasion it just hasn’t.
However, there are some very high points of the album which save it, such as ‘Time’ and ‘Happy Song’, that have the right mix between experimental and risk taking without the feeling that the band are just doing so for the sake of it. Both songs are particularly catchy and will be suitable for the fast approaching summer season.
To be honest, that last statement is pretty true of most of the album. As a whole, it’s pretty happy and catchy without being boring or unoriginal. Lyrically, there are moments of brilliance, and moments of pure nonsensical-ness, but this can often be said for bands in the indie-pop genre.
All in all, ‘ThirtyTwo’ is a pretty impressive and enjoyable effort. There are definitely signs of originality and uniqueness that filter the whole way through, without making the band so ‘out there’ that it will alienate people. It’s a good listen for anybody looking for a bit of new, harmless, catchy indie-pop.
Written by Orla Conway