It’s easy for me sitting here in the U.K. to marvel at the number of quality bands that exist on this sceptered isle, especially with so many being located within easy reach. Many of these bands deserve a wider audience and Great Cynics is one of them. The trio’s third album represents new heights of excellence, continuing on the sharp upward curve which began five years ago. Out of the eleven cheerfully melodic tracks—which sit somewhere between indie and punk—there are at least five solid hits, if one wanted to mine the album for singles. Vocalists Giles Bidder and Iona Cairns work equally well apart as they do in unison and their voices represent much of what makes this record stand out for me (although it’s Cairns’ who wins me over the most, especially on the rip roaring “North Street”). 

 –Rich Cocksedge (Specialist Subject)