"All The Rage" May Be A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Review

Who told Latimer House it was okay to sound like Rooney meets Coconut Records? How did we let this happen? Well, either way, it’s fine, because Latimer House is a pop-rock hybrid that could easily stand alongside a band like Rooney. Well, a Prague-take on power-pop or Brit-rock-esque Rooney, anyway. I love it.

“This Is Pop” is like a scathing indictment of the current state of pop-rock (“hipster”-y) music while also being the very thing it’s almost railing against. This is easily the kind of track that you’d find in a commercial for a fruit drink or for some kind of InBev “millenial”-inspired advertising campaign. I could easily see images of multi-cultural hipsters at a rooftop party drinking terrible beer while Latimer House is blaring over the soundtrack. Maybe I’m reading too much into it.

“Birdcage Walk” has a Blur-quality to it that I can’t shake. It’s almost like a simplified version of “Parklife,” but a tad slower. Joe Cook’s voice is fantastic and drastically different than someone like Damon Albarn. Deeper and more relaxed, for sure, but also more in-tune with Jarvis Cocker from Pulp.

“Bubblegum” is a kind of slick, sexy track that would typically become my favorite track on an album, however; its harder than the rest of Latimer House’s album, which leaves me a tad cold. It’s a weak spot on an otherwise flawless album. It does speak to the notions of ambition in the music industry, but at the same time, it feels somewhat self-indulgent.

All The Rage is a great album, varied and fascinating, worthy of listening. It’s on Spotify, so, give it a go if you’re interested. I think Latimer House is a band worth paying attention to.

"Latimer House - "All The Rage"" is on sale February 10, 2014 from N/A.

Robert Ottone • Staff Writer

A natural bon vivant in love with cigars, finery and luxurious booze, SelfieRob aims to make light of the world around him while living the party boy lifestyle. From the Hamptons to NYC and beyond, SelfieRob lives life to the fullest.


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