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SLAVES

slaves

Are You Satisfied?

Virgin/EMI

British two-piece Slaves have arrived, taking full advantage of their recent signing to Virgin EMI by moving their boisterous and in-your-face live presence into a gritty and uncaring album.

It’s hard to believe two musicians could make such a raucous noise together, but Laurie Vincent and Issac Holam have achieved it; unfortunately the band’s clear live strengths struggle in a recording environment with repetitive structures strangely inducing a lack of memorability. The album’s overall uniqueness and disdain for dignity however, is engaging but not something that goes down well on a second listen. Opening track The Hunter is the album’s crunchiest tune with pounding guitars and thrilling, cynical vocals; however Cheer Up London’s intense chorus vocals and perfectly companioning drum beat takes the prize as best track.

The faster-paced Ninety Nine is another fun song further down the tracklist but really fails to reach that pinnacle in its build.

AARON BRYANS

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