Dirty Pretty Things - Romance at Short Notice (3 stars)

Dirty Pretty Things - Romance at Short Notice



This fiery London bunch have always seemed very much like a Carl Barât-centred, post-Libertines offshoot but with their second full-length release, Dirty Pretty Things take one step closer to being a proper band.

More polished than its predecessor, Romance at Short Notice may disappoint fans of their more frantic first offerings, but songs like ‘Kicks or Consumption’, ‘Come Closer’, ‘Tired of England’, ‘Truth Begins’, ‘The North’ and ‘Best Face’ show new danceable, delicate and unabashedly anthemic sides to the foursome, with Anthony Rossomando and Didz Hammond even taking turns to sing lead for the first time. Not quite perfection then but certainly this is progress indeed.

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