The Sunshine Underground Raise the Alarm (City Rockers) Imagine Joy Division, Pink Floyd and the Happy Mondays engaging in a beer-fuelled jam session and you've pretty much got the Sunshine Underground's latest album. Raise the Alarm is a sometimes-glorious collision of indie rock, psychedelia and dance, and whether this unlikely combination succeeds will depend on how much of a purist you are about these genres. The Leeds band named after a Chemical Brothers track have built a loyal following through their raucous live shows, where their big choruses, throbbing bass lines and repetitive beats come into full play. This feeling of communal celebration translates well on disc, and it's easy to picture a sweaty, wide-eyed army waving their hands in the air in time with soaring numbers such as Somebody's Always Getting in the Way and Borders. But they're not all sunny, happy grooves and the melancholy is obvious on tracks such as Commercial Breakdown, where singer Craig Wellington condemns 'people who shut themselves off from important issues and fill their lives with s***, celebrity magazines and rubbish TV'. The shadow that looms largest over the album is that of the Happy Mondays, the lads from Manchester who made it all right for lager louts to be seen dancing. The title track has the Mondays' brand of punk-funk written all over it, and some of the best moments here sound as though they were recorded in Manchester in the late 1980s. Wellington says the Sunshine Underground have 'definitely got a 'style', but we find it hard to write two songs that sound the same'. Listeners who are prepared to let the album grow on them will be rewarded.