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 Lie Lover Lie - The Blood Arm
As soon as you stick on this album the first words you'll hear are Nathaniel, the frontman, state "Yo I lay down some fuckin' hits," and that's exactly what his bands proceeds to do and to great effect. And this release is probably the most infectious party record of the year so far, and no doubt will still be come January. Even Franz Ferdinand love them, saying that they were they're favourite band, and its very easy to see why. Although the name suggests that they are some sort of gothic band; (the album cover also plays up to this idea); they are anything but, with no bass player in the band they have a keyboardist instead.

After the brilliant intro by Nathaniel you'll hear Stay Put!, which with just drums and bluesy piano opens the album in stunning fashion, then the sharp guitar cuts in and you have an instant alternative dancefloor classic. Lead single, Suspicious Character, is more of the same with ironic, arrogant lyrics, "I like all the girls / And all the girls like me, and keeps the Blood Arm party going. This confidence in themselves and their own ability really shows through on the rest of the album, and they aren't afraid of trying a song that sounds a bit different from the rest, as is the case with the epic finisher Dolores Delivers A Glorious Death, or to be take influences from their biggest fans, Franz Ferdinand, as in the brilliant Mass Murder.

The band do have variety as well, they are capable of making a more serious track rather than just dancefloor fillers. Going To Arizona is an example of this, with a choir singing the chorus and the slower and more sombre tempo than the rest of the album, which is an epic tale of the melancholy of leaving someone behind but with hope for the future. But then they can really turn the tempo, and the guitars, up on tracks like The Chasers which sounds like the Strokes, if their bassist started playing the keyboard instead.

It has been a long time in the making, it was over two years since Franz named them as their favourite new band and this is their debut effort, but it has definitely been worth the wait. Even though it is not going to be to everyone's taste, some may prefer their music to be more traditional rather than this fusion of blues, punk, indie and to an extent lounge. But for those that do like it, they won't just like it but absolutely love it, and justifiedly as this is easily one of the best debut albums to be released this year.

9 out of 10

Buy Lie Lover Lie - The Blood Arm now at Play.com
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