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The Good Natured ‘Skeleton’ (EP Review)

Tuesday, 21 June 2011 Written by Rob Sleigh
The Good Natured ‘Skeleton’ (EP Review)

Previously, Berkshire three-piece The Good Natured have drawn comparisons to the likes of La Roux and Ladytron, thanks to their winning combination of infectious electro-pop with frontwoman Sarah McIntosh’s enchanting vocals. On this occasion however, for the title and lead track on their new EP ‘Skeleton’ – incidentally, their first release on a major label – The Good Natured have chosen what feels like a post-punk quality, more akin to the likes of indie-rockers Maximo Park. However, the haunting guitar intro and thundering drums soon give way to a rather more effervescent and catchy pop chorus, which bears similarity to a host of ‘80s dance tracks and hears McIntosh at her most melodic.

ImageThe retro theme continues on dark, synth-driven follow-up track ‘Wolves’ with its compelling and dreamy electro-pop chorus. Closer ‘The Hourglass’ is an urgent and moving indie-pop song, which provides McIntosh with the perfect opportunity to reach the full theatrical capability of her young but powerful voice. What the latter two songs lack in the A-side’s controlling rock character is replaced by a defining addition of pop charm.

The ‘Skeleton’ EP is hopefully a sign of things to come from this young trio, proving them to be good by name and, indeed, good by nature. When an album finally come around, bringing a bucketload of songs along with it, we should have a much better idea of what The Good Natured have to offer us next.

Stereoboard Rating: 7/10

The Good Natured ‘Skeleton’



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Tue June 28th 2011 - Manchester The Deaf Institute, Manchester

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