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The Maccabees - Colour It In

Iain Moffat
Iain Moffat 3 June 2007 at 22.39

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While 'Colour It In' may be likeably lively, it rarely quite makes it to vital.

Between their cheekily cheap videos and their singing about the local swimming pool, there's always been something that suggested The Maccabees belonged strictly on nu-britpop's B-list, but at least that's something their debut album works hard to overcome. There's certainly no shortage of Maximo-style multiple-fractures urgency to proceedings, with nary a track even pausing for breath and 'X-Ray' proving brilliantly skittish, and Orlando could never be accused of not bringing enough drama to the party vocally. Moreover, there's a keen degree of wordplay (see titles such as 'O.A.V.I.P.') and much observational vignettery here. Alas, much of it's squandered on mundane settings that prove something of a muchness, and, while 'Colour It In' may be likeably lively, it rarely quite makes it to vital.

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