Continuing Sheffield’s fine tradition of producing excellent music (Pulp, The Human League, Heaven 17), Slow Club released their third album this summer. Complete Surrender is a departure from the lo-fi indie pop of their earlier releases and, with its soaring strings, stomp and melodrama, is heaped with the spirit of Northern Soul, Motown and sassy Sixties girl groups. The group’s power couple, Rebecca Taylor and Charles Watson, create swooning harmonies together but it’s Taylor’s vocals, criminally underutilized in the past, that’s the showstopper, as she belts out songs of heartache with the ambition of a diva-in-training.
Wed., Sept. 17, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 17, 2014