Album Review: How Beautiful Life Can Be by The Lathums
Very Good, Based on 2 Critics
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Led by singer-songwriter Alex Moore - a newbie to music of any kind in recent years only - Wigan's The Lathums have created somewhat of a storm, initially locally but now with their debut album, nationally too. How Beautiful Life Can Be is the culmination of a meteoric rise for the quartet that's seen them championed by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans, and with James Skelly of The Coral partly producing, they've got some big indie icons behind them. A load of similar indie guitar bands have gone before them, of course, so why would The Lathums be any different? On initial impressions there seems to be little that sets them apart; however, the combination of Moore's knack for knocking out a catchy melody, his own compelling (if not mind-blowing) vocals plus a guitarist, Scott Concepcion, who clearly takes inspiration from rock legend Johnny Marr with some impressive jangles, is a concoction that works incredibly well.
It's been a long time coming, but the eagerly anticipated debut album from The Lathums is finally here. Taking influences from the Smiths, Artic Monkeys, The Coral and the likes of Patsy Cline, 'How Beautiful Life Can Be' - a line offered up by frontman Alex's mother - makes for a stunning debut for the Wigan indie four-piece. Produced by James Skelly (The Coral) and Chris Taylor at Parr Street Studios 'How Beautiful Life Can Be' is a solid reflection of The Lathums' intriguing rapid rise to fame over the last two years.