ALBUM REVIEW: The Maccabees – Marks To Prove It | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 31.7.15

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Forget everything you think you know about The Maccabees because this, their fourth album, is a game changer. It is clearly the album they’ve always wanted to make; having rid themselves of fancy effects and shifted to a rawer sound. Whilst the title track has all the raucousness of their signature sound, what ensues is a more melodic array of odes centred on the notion of change. Spit It Out juxtaposes stark keys with a call-to-action urgency whilst Kamakura introduces a female vocalist with Silent allowing Orlando a rare backseat on vocals. River Song is a total departure; a city-shanty awash with sax. This album really is testament to their growth in the last ten years.

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