Slow Club, Complete Surrender, (Caroline), ****

Slow Club

Slow Club

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ADMIT it, Sheffield duo Slow Club have largely passed you by.

Two EPs, two albums – both employing widely contrasting musical styles - have seen Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson move seamlessly across genres but, aside from the nodding few, largely anonymously.

Forget folk and themes gone by, though, third effort Complete Surrender sees the duo add both a string section and a brass band as they go for a big, sweeping orchestral movement.

I’m a sucker for this sort of big theatre sound – see the presence of The Verve, Noel Gallagher and Elbow among my tattered CD collection – and Taylor’s take on heart rendering vocals carry it off perfectly.

This woman can sing.

The Queen’s Nose stands out, driven by a set of superb horns, while Not Mine To Love is moving and utterly compelling.

It’s essential listening.

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