Kick - White Rose Movement
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  • Summary: This debut full-length for the UK five-piece recalls 1980s synth-pop.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. The influences are obvious, but where WRM succeed is in breathing new life into a tired template, adding attitude and intent on top of an effortlessly stylish base.
  2. This is an album that seethes with anger, ambition and malicious intent, and it's all the better for it.
  3. [Producer Paul] Epworth's accomplishment is obvious throughout the record. Having remixed some of today's indie-elite, infusing garage rock riffs with electro elements, he knows the importance of dance-floor accessibility and brings out all the shadows and contrasts that make Kick the accomplishment it is.
  4. There's simply not enough killer songs here to snare you in the same way that, say, The Rakes did on their debut.
  5. White Rose Movement's "electro-clash" 80s sound basically candy-coats Nine Inch Nails industrial and metrosexualizes the lyrics, making Kick pretty redundant.
  6. Though sometimes over-melodramatic WRM do have an edge that the likes of the Bravery lack.
  7. Even The Bravery, easily the most similar band in approach to White Rose Movement and rightly derided for their style over substance rehashes of the past, at least had a couple of memorably fine songs. The White Rose Movement, on the other hand, have the style, but little substance to back it up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2