The Pigeon Detectives
Wait For Me


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fugue USER (58 Reviews)
November 17th, 2008 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Filled with deliciously catchy singles and not a single filler, this is an infectiously delightful album.

It’s never a good omen when a band, especially a British band, come from absolutely nowhere to release two sensationally catchy, fun singles, and then start promoting an album, all within the space of a few months. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s admirable when a band wants to get things done, and it’s not necessarily a bad trait, after all so far it has worked wonders for the Arctic Monkeys. The main problem I have is that on so many occasions, new bands seem to release their two or three best tracks, to then release an album full of ***. Further questions are raised when said two singles happen to be the first two tracks on the album. This is where The Pigeon Detectives come in. Having released the single’s “I Found Out” and “Romantic Type” the boys from Leeds seemed almost rushed to bring out debut album “Wait For Me” and in doing so, scared off many of their potential market. However unlike so many other bands, and many names spring to mind, The Pigeon Detectives seem to have found the formula for making an album filled with so many likable songs, without once becoming boring.

As stated earlier, the album kicks off with the first two singles, each of which is filled with energy and a catchy chorus. “I Found Out” is the superior of the two songs, and in fact is one of the highlights of the album, the incessant backing vocals may at first seem annoying, but upon more listens you’ll find yourself idly humming away with them, amazed that you ever hated them in the first place. Like the vast majority of British indie, this album does, at times, sound the same, and with many of the tracks seemingly borrowing off one another, this is not a diverse record. There is a difference however between tracks sounding alike, and tracks sounding the same, and this is where The Pigeon Detectives just about get away with it. Another thing that is striking about the album, is that not one of the tracks is bad, a select few are maybe slightly better than the others, but whether it’s the soft, lovier sound of ‘You Know I Love You’ or the more frequent guitar-centric melodies of “Don’t Know How To Say Goodbye” and “Can’t Control Myself” the middle and end of the album is on a par with the excellent start.

Vocalist Matt Bowman doesn’t once stray from his roots, and delivers a large dollop of northern England in each and every song, and while for some I’m sure this can be annoying, I for one like it. Lyrically, the songs are all pretty standard, songs about boys and girls etcetera etcetera are what most have come to expect from the genre, and The Pigeon Detectives don’t disappoint here, dishing up lines as typical as: “I found out you going out with him, You would not believe the state I'm in” in pretty much every song, and it is this, if anything, that the band need to work on most.

The Pigeon Detectives aren’t groundbreaking in any respect whatsoever; in fact they are one of the least original bands gracing the music industry today. The typical break-up/make-up lyrics have been done to death, and I wouldn’t be surprised if three chord progressions were around in the Jurassic period. The drumming is simple yet effective and the thick northern accent that Bowman possesses is characteristic of the modern British music scene. But it’s the way that they fit it all together, with a little tongue-in-cheek mischief, and a handful of pure British determination that makes this album special. Sure, half of it could have been on a Strokes album, but what’s wrong with that? The main point of this album is to have a little fun, and the album is so brimming with fun that while you’re listening to the album, you won’t worry about how similar it sounds to anything else, or how the lyrics to each song are all about the same things. In fact you won’t worry about anything, which is why this album is pure brilliance.



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Fugue
November 17th 2008


7354 Comments


Here you go guys, another British indie review for you .

Bleak123
November 17th 2008


1902 Comments


And finally you review some good British indie :D

this album is totally awesome.

DethThrasher
November 17th 2008


462 Comments


review is way cool pos

Fugue
November 17th 2008


7354 Comments


Well yeah, theres only so much reviewing I can do before I reach something that you like.

DethThrasher
November 17th 2008


462 Comments


y didnt u pos bleak god ur so stuck up

Fugue
November 17th 2008


7354 Comments


DethThrasher: Thanks, I think its the best review I've done.

Bleak123
November 17th 2008


1902 Comments


fuck you Deth
i dont mind giving a pos it's a good review, i just hadn't read it when i made the first comment so why would i have pos'd?

Fugue
November 17th 2008


7354 Comments


Calm down guys, no need to assault each other.

DethThrasher
November 17th 2008


462 Comments


haha i get taken way too seriously around here

Bleak123
November 17th 2008


1902 Comments


:eek: i wasnt taking you seriously dude. i still think you should get fucked though!
Might go listen to this later actually, im kinda in the mood for it.This Message Edited On 11.17.08

DethThrasher
November 17th 2008


462 Comments


in which anus

Bleak123
November 17th 2008


1902 Comments


either one of your two butt holes would be fine.

AtavanHalen
November 17th 2008


17927 Comments


This band sucks, but the review doesn't.

AtavanHalen
November 17th 2008


17927 Comments


I mean like no this band sucks

robin
Emeritus
November 18th 2008


4261 Comments


good album really.

infact atavan, you of all people should like this album just a little. it gets off on trying to be aggressive and fails, but works as a catchy britpop (not british indie?) album. granted, their second album was awful, but that goes without saying after listening to this one. :/ originality is hard.This Message Edited On 11.18.08

AtavanHalen
November 18th 2008


17927 Comments


Nothing unique about this band whatsoever. Can't stand 'em.

Fugue
November 18th 2008


7354 Comments


mhhm not sure if its britpop, but if enough people back you up I'll be willing to change that.

The albums good, the band however are mediocre, the second album sorta sucked.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2008


20858 Comments


Excellent review MutatedFreek. It was concise, informative & easy to read. A positive vote from me.
Between you & I of late, we almost have the entire British indie/pop/rock scene covered!


Fugue
November 18th 2008


7354 Comments


Thanks very much DaveyBoy.

I would have to agree with you there, although I still have a few reviews in the pipeline and I'm sure you do as well.

robin
Emeritus
November 18th 2008


4261 Comments


well i did feeder.



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