It's hard to feel upbeat listening to Athlete's latest offering Tourist. The album is filled with forgettable melodies and dreary vocals.
The South London quartet consists of Joel Pott, Carey Willetts, Tim Wanstall and Stephen Roberts. They stirred up some noise with their debut album Vehicles and Animals, which was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2003 and has sold 250,000 copies to date.
Tourist sees the band move from quirky pop to soft rock characterised by slow-tempo music along with a dose of strings and soft verse.
The quality is mediocre and the music lacks innovation. Pott's slack and emotionally-lukewarm singing is the most disastrous aspect of this album.
The only track worth listening to is Wires, a melancholic work penned by Pott after his prematurely-born daughter suffered from epileptic attacks.
Tourist is a disappointment, especially after the impressive Vehicles and Animals.