Lorraine - Saved

Once you get past the decidedly iffy band name and bypass the sweet and sticky residue that their music secretes, you'll realise that there isn't a lot wrong with Lorraine.

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Released 11 Dec 2007 | | By Richard Stokoe | Rating: 3
Lorraine - Saved

Once you get past the decidedly iffy band name and bypass the sweet and sticky residue that their music secretes, you'll realise that there isn't a lot wrong with Lorraine. They make unashamedly sunny synth pop that is that and little besides, and the truth is they do it so well it's difficult to aim any criticism at them.

'Saved' is typical of their output in that it's got an insanely simple and catchy keyboard hook, wistfully romantic lyrics, a verse and a chorus in that order, a sparkly middle eight and production so sharp it'll cut your ear lobes. The comparison to fellow country men A-ha cannot be ignored either as the two bands share the same knack for writing an unfussy but melodic pop song.

So, if listening to Morten Harket and co or Pet Shop Boys brings you out in a nasty rash then chances are you won't like this. However, we should applaud this band for studious attention to their craft and for channelling their own groove between manufactured chart pop and indie. But still... that name?