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Byline: By Mickey McMonagle & Avril Cadden

JASON MRAZ

I'M YOURS *****

This pleasant, chilled-out song evokes scenes of beach campfires in warmer climes and would have better suited a summer release. Mraz is like Jack Johnson in terms of style, vocals and lyrics so his fans will lap it up. MM

FLOBOTS

RISE *****

The quirky US rappers bring something new to the genre. Like debut Handlebars, this song stands out thanks to sweet melodies and a laid-back feel. But more powerful, forceful rapped vocals and a chanted chorus beef things up. Great stuff. MM

KAISER CHIEFS

GOOD DAYS BAD DAYS *****

More retro electro pop from the cheery indie-poppers but the vocals are terrible. The irritating, childish melody sounds like a silly playground nursery rhyme. I have no idea why this has been released as a single. MM

JACK BUTLER

ARE YOU A HUSTLER ***** Afast and furious romp with frantic guitars and tribal drums that's a glorious slice of indie pop mixed with disco. It's a bit Joy Division meets Bloc Party. Liam Kelly's shouty vocals remind of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Can't wait for the debut album from the Stirling the four-piece. AC

FRIGHTENED RABBIT

IT'S CHRISTMAS SO WE'LL STOP ***** Re-released and reworked, I love the gentle build up. There's enough melancholy to have you crying into your mulled wine. Lots of layers,brass,flutes,pianos,an angelic choir and lyrics such as:"The next day life went back to its bad self."Realistic and lovely. AC

THE WOMBATS IS THIS CHRISTMAS *****

The cute and cuddly Wombats release a fun-filled and hugely poppy song that features Les Dennis. On the video they're all wearing cuddly Christmas jumpers. I like the vocals and it's catchy and foot-stomping. Lots of people will love this great party song but gets a bit wearing. AC

SNOW PATROL

CRACK THE SHUTTERS *****

I am a Snow Patrol fan but found the current album A Hundred Million Suns a bit disappointing. This song however is a cracking tune and the best from that album.

Back on form,it is nothing new and typical Snow Patrol but it is rousing and effective. The emotive vocals from Gary Lightbody and heartfelt lyrics give you a warm glow. AC

FALL OUT BOY

FOLIE A DEUX ***** The long-awaited album has been worth the wait. The much-heralded new FOB sound is not a million miles from the old one, just more developed and less onedimensional.

There are 80s pop and electro influences on the track Tiffany Blews. A nice shift from a band who keep getting better. MM
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 14, 2008
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