Review: The Answering Machine – Another City, Another Sorry

By on Monday, 15th June 2009 at 12:00 pm

The Answering Machine - Another City, Another Sorry (cover)I’ve been a bit supporter of The Answering Machine lately here on TGTF. Normally not my sorta thing, this bunch of Manchester indie kids have bags of talent.

Think of the Strokes. Take away their pretentiousness, and add in some Manchester style. You’re halfway there. They’re loud, they’re raucous, but above all they have great tunes – mainstream enough to (hopefully) get radio play, edgy enough that they won’t do a Scouting for Girls or Hoosiers on us. As a randomer behind me put it so eloquently when I caught them in February supporting Ra Ra Riot, “They’re like the Strokes if they’d been to Art School and didn’t have money, together with Franz Ferdinand if they’d bunked off Art School or if they’d not spent years poncing around”

From the “oooh-ohs” of “Obviously Cold” to the statement of intention of “Another City, Another Sorry” via the sadness and rejection of “The Information”, you can’t help but think that this is a very accomplished debut album. One that is far superior to their years, and one that if they improve on they should soon be doing massive tours and conquering the pages of the NME.

In “Oklahoma” you have some brilliant Strokes-esque guitars and a chaotic chorus which should get everyone moving. “The Information” is a personal highlight, and the only slow one of the album, and the collection has much more diversity because of it. Slow, heart-wrenching and vulnerable, I love Martin’s lyrics – “I’m trying hard not to make you stay / ‘cos you’re not interested”. Much like the rest of the album, it’s youthful, innocent and honest.

The Answering Machine‘s debut album, Another City, Another Sorry is out now.

MP3: The Answering Machine – Another City, Another Sorry

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