Review: Noah And The Whale, Leadmill

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CHARLIE Fink has the look of a man who knows he has struck gold once again as the first notes of L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. kick in.

It’s not so much self-satisfaction as witnessing first hand the euphoria of a crowd seduced once more by a band that is increasingly hard to second guess.

Third album Last Night On Earth has again redefined the very English combo from Twickenham, adding a thicker veneer to an often humble pop offering to give an occasional hint of Tom Petty or even ‘80s popsters Deacon Blue.

It’s a combination that works well for the suited and waist-coated band still driven by Charlie’s inimitable vocals and some up-front fiddle-playing, fluid harmonies providing continuity between the radio-hugging current era and their fresh-faced folk-leaning Five Years Time, here given extra tread to fit N&TW’s outlook.

There’s still a quaintness to their wares and in new single Tonight’s The Kind Of Night it is apparent they’ve not reinvented themselves, merely added a blast of audio WD40 to suit Fink’s more outward-looking lyrical direction.

The consequence is a fuller musical experience at this latest Leadmill sell-out ahead of some inevitably bulging marquees on the summer festival circuit. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more endearing UK band about now.

David Dunn