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Grown Ups

The Lodger

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Album Review

Leeds trio the Lodger sound unapologetically influenced by several generations of their indie countrymen: flashes of Orange Juice, the Wedding Present, Heavenly, and others permeate their debut album Grown Ups. But they're more than just C-86-addicted anoraks attempting to replicate the cooler parts of their record collections. Opening track "Many Thanks for Your Honest Opinion," with its scratchily energetic guitar parts and snarky lyrics, clearly owes a bit to the David Gedge songbook, and the winsome bubblegum melody and lovelorn lyrics of "The Story's Over" are tailor-made for a cover by Amelia Fletcher's next band. But the young trio perform their brand of earnest semi-twee indie pop with such scrappy enthusiasm and emotional directness that accusations of near-plagiarism simply don't wash. Listening to a small, unfussy gem like "Unsatisfied," which sounds like what Coldplay might have been if stripped of every last bit of Chris Martin's inherent self-importance, it's clear that the Lodger's prime mover, singer/songwriter Ben Siddall, garners comparisons to Gedge and Fletcher mostly because Grown Ups suggests that he just might be nearly as good as them.

Biography

Formed: 2004 in Leeds, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Though the Lodger were formed in 2004, indie pop fans who remember a time before the Strokes will find their chiming, artfully un-artful strummy guitar pop endearingly evocative of the twee pop sound of the 1980s and '90s. Strong echoes of the Wedding Present, the Smiths, Talulah Gosh and their offshoots, and seemingly dozens of others are inescapable in Ben Siddall's urgent up-and-down guitar riffs and his somewhat adenoidal boy-next-door vocals, which themselves sound directly inspired by the Television...
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