Little Comets – ‘In Search of Elusive Little Comets’

This year’s up’n’coming Sound of 2011 crop may be white-hot right now, but Little Comets have cooled off since they first shot into our skies. Long-time-coming debut ‘In Search…’s pop patchwork feels fragmented in places; ‘Her Black Eyes’ is too-slow, too-soon and ‘Intelligent Animals’ sounds jetlagged.

But when they pick the pace up, a sonorous Geordie knees-up fills space and dissipates any dullness; ‘Tricolour’ is a light-speed lyrical anthem while ‘Joanna’’s cheery ode to guilt and shame is familiar; “Joanna, Joanna, it’s the morning and it still doesn’t feel right” moans singer Robert. If Little Comets played to their strengths they could burn far brighter.

6/10.

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