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An overwhelmingly monotone debut.

Lashings of grunge and pop punk do little to enliven Shush’s overwhelmingly monotone debut. Fitting neatly within indie rock’s listenable pigeonhole, these London maestros peddle a mainstream mix of bouncy guitars and mellow harmonies topped off with the novelty value of a female vocalist. But despite this admirable stab at instantly appealing rock, the formula fails to gel, leaving a lacklustre wreckage of samey guitars in its generic wake.

Although flawlessly executed, Shush’s musicianship is maddeningly repetitive, with twee harmonies that appear at the onset of each and every chorus. However, the album’s title track presents a touch of sonic variation, showcasing a greater range of glittering, glam rock-tinged notes. Scattered about are a few additional hints of sleaze and high-octane pizzazz which, despite their explosive potential, peter out unimpressively. Dean Croney’s crushing bass adds some much-needed spice to Shush’s sweetly melodic sound, but ‘Soundtrack Of My Life’ is nonetheless littered with bland lyrics and guitars, including recycled riffs borrowed from some of the alternative genres most popular contenders. Though the explicitly titled ‘Fuck You’ promises an unadulterated assault, there’s only a modest measure of punk within this mild-mannered number. With a bass line seemingly plucked from Greenday’s mid-nineties heyday, this hyperactive offering is immediately catchy, but undeniably outdated in places. Showcasing a tuneful, but rather limited vocal range, Milena Yum’s inexpressive notes dampen the album’s more dynamic moments.

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Having settled into a slick, unvaried style, Shush unleash an unexpectedly aggressive piece that delivers apparently improvised, energetic entertainment. Inappropriately placed as a closing track, ‘You Will Never Get’ is drenched in chaotic screams and scratchy guitars, treading a dangerously fine line between raw energy and crude experimentalism. Proving that silence is oftentimes golden, Shush’s one-note performance and poppy trappings fall somewhat short of the explosive impact that the band appear to be striving for.

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