Kim Novak - Luck & Accident
Does the influence of Coldplay know no bounds? Even the normally independent-minded French are succumbing to the epic rock bug, as this rather derivative debut from Gallic foursome Kim Novak demonstrates. While everything here is professionally enough executed, there’s a lack of originality and spirit which makes most of it sound like a Chris Martin B-side, or something that Interpol or Editors would sling on a charity compilation. Around the middle there’s a flurry of nice ideas – the understated electro-plus-horns of ‘Female Friend’, the countryish ballad ‘Around Your Neck’ – but elsewhere it’s pretty much stadium-friendly angst by numbers.