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:: The **** Lovers ::
30 April 2007 / No Label Required / South West Recordings / 4 Trk CD
By Emily Slowlie

The **** (Four Star) Lovers, from Totnes make their debut, capturing the spirit of The Housemartins “Happy Hour” whilst dispensing a thick coating of Katrina & the Waves styled harmonies and pop. The bass and guitars are pleasingly raw, but it does all come over as the kind of thing that you’d expect to see and hear on a California teenage sitcom along the lines of “California Dreams”. As such it’s hard to work out where The **** Lovers are pitching themselves. In any other sense “My Best Friends Brother” is mainstream fodder and the rough edged delivery doesn’t really help the song work. They often sound like an indie version of The Corrs, dress like they’re extras in Hollyoaks and rattle out EMO styled pop – it’s all rather confusing..

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