Viva Brother - Famous First Words (2 stars)

Viva Brother - Famous First Words

Dull and pointless album of Britpop-era rejects


‘If you don’t give yourself the option of fucking up, then you can’t fuck up,’ boldly announces Viva Brother frontman Lee Newell. And yet, time and again, their ‘gritpop’ (oh dear) debut album offers chance after chance for the band to make a hash of proceedings.

Kicking off with ‘New Year’s Day’, a number which sounds like it’s been lurking too long at the very bottom of the No Way Sis reject pile, the Slough band have teleported themselves into mid-90s Manchester. While this is the bland tipping point of their Famous First Words, later tracks chug along aimlessly, pausing only to doff caps to just about everyone who ever graced and shamed the Britpop era. Dull and pointless.

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1. FFC_SW613 Jul 2011, 11:06pm Report

How can you call this dull?! My mate moaned because Darling Buds of May was too upbeat! Poor review, it's just personal because you quite obviously dont like Lees personality. Having heard all but 2 of the tracks on the album I can quite confidently say it is a quality album!

2. lolno30 Jul 2011, 5:14am Report

If it was a quality album, the Irish Independent wouldn't have called it the worst British album of the year. It wouldn't be getting 1/5 stars in major publications. Some of the singles might have charted, which they didn't.

But it doesn't matter much anyway, because it's a manufactured band. Why are you listening to fake music? There are plenty of real bands in the UK to enjoy. Don't celebrate this corporate-created, backwards-looking pap.

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