Trial Of The Century

Album Review of Trial Of The Century by French Kicks.

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Trial Of The Century

French Kicks

Trial Of The Century by French Kicks

Release Date: May 4, 2004
Record label: Star Time
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

70 Music Critic Score
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Trial Of The Century - Fairly Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10

Just as One Time Bells distanced the French Kicks from their messy garagey/post-punky beginnings, The Trial of the Century finds them moving even farther away from loud drums and guitars. Instead, they deliver a prettier, more restrained sound that suggests a fusion of New Order's crooning vocals and the Cars' restless rhythms -- they started out being influenced by one aspect of '80s music and now take inspiration from a different side of that decade's sound. Indeed, the skipping rhythm and twinkling guitars and keyboards on "Oh Fine" would do Tears for Fears proud, and "Following Waves" sounds a little like the synthier side of Talking Heads crossed with the Kicks' own previous highlight, "Close to Modern.

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