Johnny Foreigner - Johnny Foreigner vs Everything
- David Pollock
- 10 November 2011
Bright-eyed punk-pop anthems toytown post-punk and wistful emo ballads
Ludicrously long song titles did no harm to the late, lamented Mclusky and Biffy Clyro in their early days, and Birmingham’s Johnny Foreigner attempt a similar route to notoriety with ‘If I’m the Most Famous Boy You’ve Fucked, Then Honey, Yr in Trouble’, ‘Jess, You Got Your Song, So Leave’ and other popular hits.
Unfortunately, the music isn’t so imaginative, but the trio’s combination of bright-eyed punk-pop anthems, toytown post-punk and wistful emo ballads is delivered with a bit of heart and a truly winning boy-girl vocal combination in Alexei Barrow and Kelly Southern. It’s at its best on the perfectly anachronistic alternative folk of ‘Doesn’t Believe in Angels’ and ‘Alternate Timelines Piling Up’, although seventeen tracks suggests an emphasis on quantity over quality.