Perfect road trip music

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 August, 2008, 12:00am

The skinny on the newest albums

The Pigeon Detectives' latest album Emergency is packed with upbeat rock and indie blends.

The Pigeons are sometimes criticised for failing to produce truly innovative music, but with an increasing number of talented bands emerging, it's a tough job.

But, citing The Clash and The Libertines as influences, the band delighted music fans with their very successful debut Wait For Me, setting a high bar for Emergency.

The sharp guitar riffs of Keep On Your Dress and I'm Not Gonna Take This contrast with the optimistic, bouncy sounds of Say It Like You Mean It.

The brisk melodies and moody, emotional lyrics in Don't You Want to Find Out and You Don't Need It combined with moody and emotional lyrics create a diverse and interesting album. Unfortunately, the title track is merely satisfactory.

Rather than a disappointing follow-up to Wait For Me, Emergency is evidence that The Pigeon Detectives have grown and developed, incorporating a greater variety of tones into their energetic, catchy songs, while maintaining their recognisable sound. There is clearly room for yet further progression.

Whether you're a fan of The Pigeon's first album, enjoy other indie bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Fratellis or have yet to discover the genre, Emergency is worth taking note of, and makes excellent travel music.

Alison Lee, SYP intern