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The Smittens - 'Believe Me'

by DanMallery
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on 24 July 2012 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Fika Recordings
Rating 8/10

The release of ‘Believe Me’ marks ten years of The Smittens and their persistently positive music; on listening to their latest album, it is clear that the band is still in fine form. With ‘Believe Me’, The Smittens give a masterclass in indiepop songwriting and although they don’t step far beyond the realms of indiepop convention, they can be forgiven when they can produce something as enjoyable as this. From the opening track, ‘Typing, Texting’ with its bright piano and warm guitars through to the more contemplative finale, ‘Year Of The Lake’, The Smittens never fail to deliver something cheerful to leave the listener in a good mood. They have been compared to The Magnetic Fields and while this certainly comes across in ‘Forever’ and ‘Dream World’, The Smittens forge their own sound elsewhere on the album. For instance, ‘First Bus’ and ‘Heart Goes Pop’ both mix traces of the likes of The Magic Numbers as well as touches of more recent indie influences such as Best Coast and The Vivian Girls to create tracks which The Smittens make thoroughly their own. ‘Believe Me’ is twee pop in the best possible way – jolly, carefree and full of character.

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