Release Date: Jan 19, 2018
Record label: Raygun
The Xcerts’ evolution as a band is really rather something. Having first emerged with the quietly introspective ‘In the Cold Wind We Smile’, before opening the scuzzy floodgates with their darkly brilliant, yet utterly different, ‘Scatterbrain’, it was on their last release, ‘There Is Only You’, that it felt like they finally reached the true guitar pop heights they were capable of. That’s the foundation that their newest full-length builds itself upon: it’s an accomplished album packed with punchy chords, massive choruses and more than enough classic touch points for good measure..
Check out what we thought of Album 4 from the Scottish trio. It feels like every UK music fan and their dog (and their dog's dog, for that matter) predicted greatness for The Xcerts when their heartfelt, colossal third album 'There Is Only You' dropped a couple of years back. They've seen steady if not spectacular progress since then, but now they're back with another 10 exceptional, moving songs.
The XCERTS have these in spades on Hold on to Your Heart, and aren't afraid to brazenly show them off. While this may not be immediately clear from the sounds of piano-led opener "The Dark", it's merely a calm before the melodic storm. "Daydream" promptly kicks the cobwebs away, while lead single "Falling in Love" is a classic ode to - well, have a guess… With such blatant exploration of the pleasing you begin to wonder, is it too much? Probably.