Album Review: The LaFontaines - Class
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Since appearing at T in the Park in 2011, The LaFontaines have been turning heads with their genre-bending sound. Four years later, and the Scottish quintet are finally releasing their debut album, Class. The LaFontaines are not the first to mix it up when it comes to genre. Hip-hop and rap, for instance, are certainly no strangers to rock – numerous artists have combined these genres before, with varying degrees of success. It doesn’t take a bunch of musical geniuses to write a half-arsed indie rock track and throw some generic rap inexpertly over the top. But that’s not what The LaFontaines do. Rather, with Class, the five-piece have seamlessly blended the elements of rock, pop and hip-hop at which they excel to create a multi-layered and textured sound that’s bold, unapologetic, and really, really works. There’s a real feeling of determination and conviction immediately from album opener ‘Slow Elvis’, which prowls its way in with a deep, driving bass groove, and builds to a meatier, heavier outro with chugging guitars that are just a little reminiscent of Rage Against The Machine. Next, ‘Under The Storm’ is drenched in attitude, with verses full of bite and a snappy chorus that’s just the right dosage of pop. Elsewhere, current single ‘King’ is sharp and gritty, but still oozing effortless cool.
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