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Album Review

Following in the shabbily glamorous footsteps of fellow Sheffield residents Pulp, the Long Blondes' debut album, Someone to Drive You Home, is a snappy pop album of quintessentially English vignettes about how growing up is hard to do. The quintet, which is fronted by femme fatale vocalist Kate Jackson, will make you fall in love with their girlish innocence, then steal your boyfriend and break your heart. The Long Blondes make it all seem dangerously romantic, but in a coquettish kind of way — the joys of being a girl have never seemed so lovely or sexy, hence the impure thoughts of "Swallow Tattoo" — "Give me a good film noir and a bottle of gin." Pulp alumnus Steve Mackey adds the perfect amount of polish to these 12 playful, guitar-driven songs. Just one listen to "Once and Never Again" will make you a believer: its girlish harmonies and cheeky outlook suggest that leaving that guy behind won't hurt too much, after all, "You're only nineteen for God's sake, you don't need a boyfriend." What does anyone know about love at 19? Singles such as "Weekend Without Makeup" and "Giddy Stratospheres," and B-side "Lust in the Movies" arrive in new form, with Jackson growling and cooing alongside Dorian Cox and her jangly, Smiths-like guitars. Meanwhile, their ballads, such as the cinematic "A Knife for the Girls" and "Heaven Help the New Girl" are equally convincing in sound and style. Defining what it means to be in a pop band might prove difficult in 2006, for what is pop music anymore? Lucky for us, the Long Blondes have figured it out for themselves. Someone to Drive You Home is one of those albums that's honest to goodness fun, and pulling it off with as much pastiche as the Long Blondes makes it one of the year's nicest arrivals. Jarvis Cocker and co. would be proud. [The US release of Someone to Drive You Home adds a bonus disc containing four songs taken from the UK singles that preceded the album plus the video for "Once and Never Again".]

Customer Reviews

You will fall madly in Love with The Long Blondes!

I first heard about The Long Blondes about 1 or so ago and have been hooked ever since!Their music and lyrics are just so great.Every song has a story to about love,heartache,and going out with your friends.Kate Jackson has one of the best voices when it comes to today's lead singers.She gives most those so called 'indie boys' a run for their money.The fun part about TLB's is the fact that all the songs are written by a man but in a woman's point of view.Who would have guessed it?! Anyhow,this a must own if you love Pulp,The Pipettes, or Franz Ferdinand.I highly recomend downloading Lust In The Movies,Once and Never Again,Giddy Statospheres,Heaven Help The New Girl,You Could Have Both,Swallow Tattoo,A Knife for the Girls and Fulwood Babylon.

Absosmurfly Brilliant!

Every single song is a catchy gem with snarky lyrics & fantastic delivery! This is HIGHLY recommended!

Very Good

This is a brilliant band. That's all there is to it. Absolutely amazing. I'm not at all disappointed with my findings!


Formed: 2005 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Dorian Cox (guitar), Reenie Delaney (bass), Emma Chaplin (guitar/vocals), Kate Jackson (vocals), and Screech Louder (drums) comprise the glamorous new wave-tinged stylings of the Long Blondes. The Sheffield, England five-piece came together in 2003 and issued its debut, "Autonomy Boy"/"Long Blonde," a split 7" with the Boyfriends shortly thereafter. A handful of independent singles for Angular Records and Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation followed into 2006, as did the NME Philip Hall Radar...
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