New London Fire get down to brass and synthesized tacks on the poppy “Different”, which sounds like a cross between the Killers’ lighter side and Keane. And it’s this blend of electro rhythms and pop sensibilities that makes the Depeche Mode-influenced “When I Try” and the bass-led title track so darn attractive. When they up the tempo slightly, as they do during the tight, catchy “Someone Like You”, it brings to mind early Robert Palmer revamped for today. And it’s probably the album’s highlight thus far. Just as solid and highbrow is the slightly angular “To Breathe”. Perhaps they perfect this style too well too often, because while “We Don’t Bleed” is fine, it doesn’t quite pack the same oomph or sizzle as earlier ditties. Nor does the sullen, somber “Nadine” shine. In fact, it could have come out of the Simon & Garfunkel songbook. The lean and edgy “You Will Disappear” gets the album back on track, while the closing “Somewhere in Between” resembles an Oasis b-side or a great Embrace cover.
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