Tuesday, January 10, 2012

CD Review: The Good Natured - Skeleton

Note: This review originally appeared in the Illinois Entertainer.

The Good Natured pretty much live up to their name on Skeleton, a seven-song EP with an obvious debt to 1980s synth rock. Unfortunately, cheerfulness isn’t always the appropriate attitude as this English trio veers from potential hit singles to more complex tracks. The highly polished arrangements and 20-year old lead vocalist Sarah McIntosh’s fetching accent ensure nothing misfires on this stateside debut, but it’s hard not to long for a few rougher edges.

“Be My Animal,” with McIntosh’s perky calls of “whoa uh oh” could be the least provocative invitation to wild abandonment on record, and the title track likewise suffers from a bit too much saccharine. The Good Natured have better luck on the melodic “Wolves,” which taps into past synth rock masters like Lush or Siouxsie & The Banshees. The more expansive keyboards and soaring vocals on “Hourglass” and “Your Body Is A Machine” also prove this band has a lot of potential.

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