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Boomkat Product Review:
It might strike you as strange that Olde English Spelling Bee alums Big Troubles have been snapped up by US indie label Slumberland, but trust me – give the album a listen and all will become clear. The tapey fug that laced the band’s debut album had been replaced by a fitting 90s sheen (thanks to Pavement/REM producer Mitch Easter) but before you switch off, read what I just said; it really works. Big Troubles already had the songs, you just couldn’t hear them that well, and ‘Romantic Comedy’ is an album that does something that seems to be missing from so much contemporary indie music; hits where it hurts. These songs have the kind of emotional kick we last heard in around 1995, when bands got sick of releasing four-way splits on Fierce Panda to get a record deal. Coming post Vivian Girls and Pains of Being Pure at Heart means the impact of the band’s stylistic choice is lessened, but trust me when I tell you that ‘Romantic Comedy’ captures the era better than anyone I can bring to mind. That warm jangle compliments the bands effortless hookiness and the vocals strike the perfect balance of twee and grainy – think Erland Oye crossed with Billy Corgan (really). Lovely stuff from beginning to end, and an antidote from all the doom and gloom this summer – buy it!