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Every track that picks up the pace is an absolute winner, showing a real flair for melody, tinged with a distinctly Irish feel.

I've been saving this album for a while, as it's not the sort of thing I usually listen to. Hailing from the UK, Echotape are what an old fart like me would refer to as an Indie band, sitting up there with the likes of Kings Of Leon and Arctic Monkeys, with the spirit of Iggy & The Stooges looking over their shoulders. They've been hanging about for a few years now, gathering enough songs for an album and getting rave reviews. 'Wicked Way' might just prove to be a major stepping stone... if they're lucky.

It all starts out very promising, as 'All My Days', 'Whiskey Bar' and 'Friend Like Me' fly by in a whirl of guitars and highly infectious choruses, but they're balanced by three more acoustic tracks that can only feel like a bit of a let-down after the adrenaline-fuelled start. I mean, they're nice enough songs, but ultimately the sort of thing I would skip past to get to the fun stuff.

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That's sort of the feel of the whole album, as every track that picks up the pace is an absolute winner, showing a real flair for melody, tinged with a distinctly Irish feel. On the flipside, the slower tracks just don't do it for me, meaning that this is one of those albums I will mutilate when I put it on my computer, so only six out of the eleven tracks remain.

Echotape have the potential to be pretty big, should they get the right luck that is needed to get people to take notice. They have the songs and a sound that will appeal to people in skinny jeans drinking expensive coffee. For me, 'Wicked Way' doesn't cut it as a whole, but I can certainly see others admiring both halves of the band, and judging from reviews, this is what's happening. Maybe I'm just too old and unhip for Modern/Indie music, so, I'm going to hide in a cupboard and listen to some Journey now...

Alan Holloway

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