The Departure Dirty Words (EMI) Just as Coldplay have inspired an entire genre of shoe-gazing, testosterone-deficient outfits, The Killers must also take responsibility for the current crop of bespoke-tailored dandies whose music mines The Cure, U2, Duran Duran and even the occasional flash of Simple Minds. Which ought to make for great musical chemistry; and if anything Dirty Words is, on purely musical terms, a decent but ultimately flawed debut. Lead guitarist Sam Harvey is the star of the show, capable of being The Edge or The Pixies' Joey Santiago at the drop of a hat. But that's also the problem - you wish he'd try harder at being Sam Harvey. Don't be fooled by the name - The Departure are anything but, and the songs here point to the fact that 'The Same Old' would be a more accurate moniker. There's little here that stands out on its own, even if some of it is technically good. Lead singer David Jones' unashamedly broad Midlands accent is also a polarising factor. While the music rattles on nicely behind him, his scrawny vocals seem to undo all the good work. Be My Enemy begins as a rock beast, pounding dustbin-lid drums and juddering guitar ... and then Jones opens his mouth. Repeat that sense of disappointment 11 times and that is the story of this record. Yet musically, there's plenty of potential - Talk Show and Don't Come Any Closer both bounce thanks to spectacular spaghetti basslines. There's enough evidence to suggest a great album lurking somewhere on the horizon for this lot, but before that can happen they need to stop paying tribute to their favourite bands and tone down their lead singer a bit.