11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first two singles from Kodaline’s full-length debut—the arching piano ballad “High Hopes” and the bracing rock tune “Love Like This”—demonstrate the range of this rapidly rising Dublin rock quartet. By turns melancholy and joyful, In a Perfect World is immediately appealing due to the young band’s sophisticated suite of influences; the 11-track debut balances the earnest spirit of early U2, the arena-filling grandeur of Coldplay and the melodic craftsmanship of Oasis. But for all the familiar fragments, inspired guitar-based singles like “One Day” and “After the Fall” are delivered with enough invigorating energy to frame Kodaline as one of the year’s most distinctive rock newcomers.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first two singles from Kodaline’s full-length debut—the arching piano ballad “High Hopes” and the bracing rock tune “Love Like This”—demonstrate the range of this rapidly rising Dublin rock quartet. By turns melancholy and joyful, In a Perfect World is immediately appealing due to the young band’s sophisticated suite of influences; the 11-track debut balances the earnest spirit of early U2, the arena-filling grandeur of Coldplay and the melodic craftsmanship of Oasis. But for all the familiar fragments, inspired guitar-based singles like “One Day” and “After the Fall” are delivered with enough invigorating energy to frame Kodaline as one of the year’s most distinctive rock newcomers.

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