Golden Silvers True Romance

Golden Silvers True Romance
Out of the UK's seemingly endless supply of fresh-faced Britpop ragamuffins come Golden Silvers, a young London trio hell-bent on blending everything from herky-jerky funk pop to new wave to indie-minded electro and doo-wop. But while that may sound adventurous, the band's True Romance debut is hardly some gutsy, bold adventure in pop. In fact, it's one that's downright safe, rarely veering from the middle of the road or standing out from the increasingly crowded pack of forward-thinking pop acts. Sure, front-man Gwilym Gold's croon packs its fair share of soul and there are some hooky moments, such as the disco-infused "True Romance (True No. 9 Blues)." But more often than not it seems as if Golden Silvers have simply taken Super Furry Animals' free-wheelin', anything-goes approach, removed all the challenging/fun bits and, in turn, produced a record that's so inoffensive that all it does is offend. (XL)