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Razorlight Review

by Sherrill Fulghum

The summer of 2004 became a frenzy of success fro four lads in London. Johnny Borrell, Björn Ågren, Carl Dalemo, and Andy Burrows better known as Razorlight released their debut album "Up All Night" - which subsequently sold over one million copies, appeared on the now defunk "Top of the Pops", played in front of Buckingham Palace, and played in the Olympic Torch Parade for the 2004 Summer Olympics. And as if that weren't enough for this young band they performed at the 2004 Glastonbury Festival, the 2005 Glastonbury Festival opposite Coldplay, and in Hyde Park for Live8.

Now Razorlight has just released their second album. A self-titled affair with ten original songs plus a bonus download song. Pop the CD into the computer, fill out the form, and "Somewhere Else" is yours. The bonus is only available to those who buy the CD.

Razorlight is a band similar to Coldplay or The Kinks in the style of music they play. On this CD the band you're your attention straight off with Drummer Andy Burrows, but instruments take a background to the vocals. Johnny carries the melody with his lyrics while the instruments accompany him with each weaving a complex background. These are not songs with quick catchy melodies, but true melodic works of art that displays each musicians skill and ability. The album ends as it began with Andy and his drums.

The new album by Razorlight is a definite departure from the usual cookie-cutter fair that can now be heard on every radio station. Razorlight also demonstrates that a band can make good music without constant use of profanity. On this album there is only one song that uses a word once. Truly an album for all ages. At a little over 30 minutes long; Razorlight definitely leaves you wanting more. If their previous escapades are any indication; then Razorlight is a band and a force to be reckoned with. There may never be a band to take the world by storm like those four lads from Liverpool, but Razorlight is giving it a go that cannot be ignored.

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Label:Mercury Records/2006

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