No Hard Feelings
Formed around the guitar and vocals of Nick Corbin this British five-piece creates a nice line in indie-pop music using classic soul feels and rhythms to propel their original songs. It’s the Paul Weller of Style Council but pushing a Northern Soul feel in place of that pure pop instinct. It’s Smokey Robinson in the arrangements and the flow of the tunes and it’s those early Bobby Womack sides that come to mind in terms of the overall taste.
Unfortunately this all has its downside – in making such strict record-collection-pop I still can’t feel the true voice of New Street Adventure. I love the idea more than the end-product. But I know the British music press will fall over themselves at this and Weller fans will probably want to sign up straight away.
And then I listen again and think that the band, as a unit, is sublime. And that this is – so perfectly – a lovely exercise in restraint. There’s never the runaway moment where one of the members wishes to show off individual chops; it’s obvious this is a sharp unit and so tight as exactly that: a unit, a band – such observations almost stand as revelations in this day and age. That shouldn’t be the case.
No Hard Feelings is an accomplished and often charming record and with summer almost here, or certainly threatening, this deserves a few more spins. Corbin’s choppy guitar gives just a hint of a new wave feel peeking through the gushes of old soul ideals.