Monday, 30 March 2009

Review - The Broken Family Band - Please and Thank You

The Broken Family Band - Please and Thank You

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7 out of 10

Imagine, if you will, the Charlatans playing folk songs. That's a bit what The Broken Family Band sound like, and it's actually quite a lot better than that sounds. There's a rather nice jaunty summer feel about this album which, considering the lovely weather we've had this last weekend is rather well timed. The album is loosely based around the theme of "being nice to people" which fits the cheery tunes quite nicely, although there is a dark sense of humour and a hint of the sinister running through its veins.

I actually really rather like this, and it's the darker themes that really make it - it could so easily have ended up being twee and annoying. But who could fail to love a song called St Albans which contains the line "You were only in St Albans 'cos you thought you were having sex / no one wants to fuck you in this town".


1. Please Yourself
2. Salivating
3. St Albans
4. You Did a Bad Thing
5. Cinema vs House
6. Borrowed Time
7. Mimi
8. Don't Bury Us
9. Stay Friendly
10. Son of the Man
11. The Girls in this Town
12. Old Wounds

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