Chris Devotion and The Expectations – Amalgamation and Capital (3 stars)

Worthwhile debut that stumbles when it steps away from a solid pop template

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Chris Devotion and The Expectations – Amalgamation and Capital

(Armellodie)

Amalgamation and Capital is the debut from Glasgow’s Chris Devotion and the Expectations. Kicking off with ‘A Modest Refusal’, a punchy salute to 50s/60s pop, complete with textbook dum, dum-dum, tshh’s and whoah-ohs, this is an album that dispenses with frills, fuss or complexity and instead mixes an obvious love for both shit-kicking rawk and punk ferocity while deploying unavoidable pop hooks that punch a smile onto your face in swift bursts.

As the album progresses the songs slide away from sugar-coated heavy-pop gems into more jarring stabs at the genre often recalling The Misfits, who, in their heyday also mixed similar retro influences and dark-flecked punk to superb effect.

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