Friday, 20 April 2012

Ladyhawke - Sunday Drive

"Finally! After so many years New Zealish indie-electro-disco-pop queen Ladyhawke has returned to free us from all the disposable pop divas clogging up the charts cooing over euro trance!" chanted all the indie kids of 2006 and 2007 (well, maybe some of them) upon Pip Brown's return to music earlier this year. Ladyhawke was really something when her debut album was released, a great pop record with more alternative sensibilities crammed with crowd-pleasing tunes like 'Paris Is Burning', 'Dusk To Dawn' & 'My Delirium'. And hell, her comeback single 'Black, White & Blue' released about a month ago was an enjoyable blast of noise even if it did lack a bit of fun.

In fact, that's the overwhelming impression given off by 'Sunday Drive', a lack of fun. There's such a lack of anything on 'Sunday Drive' to be honest, a tune is there but stick in your head, it does not. Maybe people would care if Pip had released this in 2009, but in an ever expanding world of musical tastes (via the internet) I wouldn't be surprised if many of the kids that became infatuated with her debut have moved on to either the current indie crop, or the new batch of much better alternative female pop figures (Marina, Lykke Li etc...) Ladyhawke is certainly in a tricky position, unless her new album 'Anxiety' really hits the mark she may have waited just a little bit too long. On the evidence so far, it's not looking too good.

Toby McCarron

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