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Album Review

Fans of the Feeling's bright, playful, and undeniably British songcraft will get a similar buzz from the Hoosiers, who mine the same crop of influences (ELO, Supertramp, and other vintage pop/rock groups) but deliver a frantic performance reminiscent of the Kooks and Hot Hot Heat. The Trick to Life is strongest when the band works to meld both those styles — luminous power pop and nocturnal indie rock — into such U.K. chart-toppers as "Worried About Ray" and "Goodbye Mr. A." Choral harmonies, organs, and angular guitars combine on the latter song, which dissolves into a psychedelic freak-out after four minutes of candy-coated hooks. "Worst Case Scenario" follows a similar pattern; Irwin Sparkes' guitar cuts choppy patterns throughout the verse, but the chorus brings nothing but bounce and summery sparkle, with Sparkes' bandmates echoing their frontman's voice in sweet bursts of harmony. Elsewhere, the Hoosiers fly their oddball flag high on tracks like "The Trick to Life" and "Run Rabbit Run," two songs whose quirky grandeur recalls the experimental work of post-Neon Ballroom Silverchair. In fact, Sparkes shares a number of similarities with Silverchair's Daniel Johns, from his extended falsetto range to his vocal theatrics (which run the gamut from cooing sighs to dramatic, rock opera stylings). So while it might be easy to write off the Hoosiers as a cheeky clan of Jeff Lynne wannabes, the second half of The Trick to Life shows a diversity that's missing from the band's hit singles. Only when the Hoosiers ride a poppy riff into the ground or attempt to emulate Muse (as they do during "Killer") does this debut suffer, but those mistakes are few and far between.

Customer Reviews

Hoosiers Rule! Great Album

Just love this album. Lots of really good tunes. All past singles, known to be amazing already,start within the first three 4 tracks. Goodbye Mr A, and Worried About Ray were and are definite hits. However, the mood becomes a little more darker, and realxed. Despite this, the turn is mastered, and the brilliant melodies of Clinging on for Life and Sadness runs through, keeps the standard. Then my 2 probably favourite tracks, Killer and Cops And Robbers. Cops and robbers, having a high tempo, with a brilliant hook, and Killer with a really good bassline, and an amazinly catchy chorus. Trick to life, title track sees a more aggressive lyrics from Irwin, working well with the clear, crisp tune. All songs worthy of praise, a brilliant debut album, full of brilliant melodies, and great hooks

What a First Album

I've been resisting buying Worried About Ray and Goodbye Mr A, to buy the album all in one go, and I'm not disappointed. This time last year it was The Fratellis who were deservedly stealing all the headlines with a superb first album, and this year that title must surely go to the Hoosiers. On top of the truly brilliant aforementioned tracks a few of my favourites include Worst Case Scenario, Cops and Robbers, The Trick to Life and Rules, although all tracks are good and nicely varied. Plus on top of that the iTunes version includes a bonus version acoustic version of Worried About Ray, which is very good too. Definitely worth the £7.99.


This is probably one of the best albums of the year and one of the best debut albums ever!!!!!! for me it is probably in my top 3 debut albums wiv avril lavigne's let go and maroon 5's songs about jane. it cud prove 2 b one of the best albums of the year wiv a gr8 mix of music on it. for me it is once more in my top 3 of albums this year along wiv 2 others i wud strongly recommend and that is fal out boy's infinity on high and maroon 5's second offering - It won't be soon before long. i would strongly recommend this album for anyone hu is lookin 4 something a bit different which has a gr8 mix of everything


Formed: 2003 in Reading, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Originally known as the Hoosier Complex, the Hoosiers began attracting an audience with their tuneful, vintage-minded indie pop in 2007. Original members Irwin Sparkes (guitar and vocals) and Alfonso Sharland (drums) took their united moniker after leaving the outskirts of Reading, England, and embarking on a road trip throughout America, where they visited Indiana University (whose mascot happens to be the Hoosier). Upon returning from their travels, they added Martin Skarendahl on bass and later...
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