LIINES: Stop-Start: LP/CD

This is one of those gems that crosses one’s path totally out of the blue and subsequently becomes a firm favorite. This happened to me one Friday morning and resulted in me playing it over and over at work, and ordering the album after the first listen. Liines is a post-punk trio hailing from the once grey city of Manchester, now a beacon of modernity in the North-West of England. Stop-Start is a post-punk album lacking the dark broodiness often associated with the genre. Instead, it maintains a vibrancy which mixes well with the choppy guitar and the powerfully soulful vocals—both provided by Zoe McVeigh—eschewing a monochromatic feel in favour of something more colorful. I might be a full year behind the times with this release but I am so glad that I’m now up to speed. –Rich Cocksedge (Reckless Yes, [email protected], recklessyes.com)