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Maison Neuve – Joan

From France comes Maison Neuve, a rather depressed sounding bunch who cite influences such as The Smiths and Belle And Sebastian. “Prophet” is a decent enough opener but it isn’t until “Under Skies Of Fire” that things become a little more interesting… it’s a solid tune that inspires gazing at your shoes until it fades out and makes room for “Victor” where the band does pretty much the same thing all over again. And that’s Maison Neuve’s weakness… the songs on “Joan” all sound the same and I already found my attention slipping away before reaching the halfway mark. The slow rhythms and distant vocals don’t exactly help move things along either.

There’s a lot to be said for Maison Neuve but basically… they’re just isn’t exciting enough.
Score: 5 out of 10

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