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Decade - Good Luck (Album Review)

Thursday, 16 January 2014 Written by Heather McDaid

It seems that time is of the essence to many these days. Debut albums are being rushed out to meet demand, while major artists are falling over one another in order to drop surprise releases on the unsuspecting public. But Decade, by these standards, have been patient.

Having toured with Don Broco and Tonight Alive in 2013, along with a string of festival shows, the groundwork has been laid for the release of ‘Good Luck’, their first full-length. And if this is your starting point for 2014, the bar has been set high.

Brainfreeze, the lead single, is an explosive mix of catchy hooks and clean cut production, which is a theme continued on the anarchic duo of Callous and British Weather. Coffin changes the tone and is energised by some dramatic moments, while Homebound is loud and punctuated at times and restrained and sleek at others.

Fake Teeth, the album’s closer, offers the biggest change, with its lethargic instrumentation almost winding the album down. Alex Sears' vocals shine, and after an enjoyable blast of pop-punk, it’s a fitting conclusion.

Decade aren't afraid to toy with styles and quirks - Homebound in particular has little guitar tricks that feel like they have been plucked from an experimental jam session. Fun and fearless, this is a band who want to do things right.

Decade have grown steadily and timed it right. Cutting out in just under half an hour, their debut explodes from the speakers without a moment of filler and they are unwilling to overstay their welcome for a single second. ‘Good Luck’ is a fantastic opening statement from a band who want to make a name for themselves. With this many brilliant tracks, luck is the last thing they need.

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