The View - Witch Bitch? (4 stars)

The View - Witch Bitch?

(1965)

INDIE ROCK

Packing indie festival anthems, bar room garage, cheeky backstage ditties, stadium rock and orchestral grandiosity The View’s follow-up to 2007’s Hats off to the Buskers has it all – all besides a coherent identity that is. As an album Witch Bitch? is all over the shop, with 14 disparate tracks united only by a familiar upstart attitude, unchecked ambition and Tayside patter. Producer Owen Morris is on board again and can probably take some credit for the winning largess, along with a portion of the blame for some more poxy moments, while it is the orchestration and range of instrumentation that raises the whole project to ‘project’ status and makes this a worthy follow-up to a platinum selling debut, and a promise of future greatness.

The View

Dundonian indie scamps who rose to fame with their 2007 debut album Hats Off to the Buskers. They are known for their raucous live shows and were inducted into the Barrowland Ballroom Hall of Fame in 2017.

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