Johnny Foreigner Wait Up Til It Was Light

Johnny Foreigner Wait Up Til It Was Light
England has delivered an impressive export in Johnny Foreigner. This Birmingham trio embrace the sensibilities of bands like the Pixies, who harnessed a potent brand of gritty, dissonant punk rock vigour without shying away from the cathartic potential of a great sing-along chorus. Johnny Foreigner seriously jacks the exuberance into an album-long sprint with barely an instance of flagging energy. Guitarist Alexei Berrow's penchant for atypical chord voicing and the occasional echo-dusted melodic lead, coupled with his shared vocal duties with bassist Kelly Southern and Junior Elvis Washington Laidley's frantically syncopated drumming, would recall Pretty Girls Make Graves, if they were unrepentant adrenaline junkies. An obligatory breather can be found in the beautifully sparse acoustic ballad "DJ's Get Doubts," a welcome sign of a future range to be mined. The album's pacing could use a couple more shake-ups like this, and closing track "Absolute Balance" does flirt with mid-tempo briefly, but such unbridled anthem building that retains this much edge shouldn't be discouraged. (Nettwerk)