ALBUM REVIEW: Summer 08 by Metronomy

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 01/07

TRACKLIST: Back Together; Miami Logic; Old Skool; 16 Beat; Hang Me Out To Dry; Mick Slow; My House; Night Owl; Love’s Not An Obstacle; Summer Jam.

Metronomy frontman Joseph Mount is explaining in interviews that he’s not going to tour this record.

  • Read on for why this may be Metronomy’s best ever album

Which is a shame because it’s a 10-song set which screams out to be realised live. Perhaps it’s best shown by the appearance of amazing Swedish pop star Robyn on Hang Me Out To Dry, a track which is up there among the best of both acts’ work.

But the freedom of not having to reproduce an album in the live arena seems to have given Mount the energy to produce something more consistently thrilling than 2014’s Love Letters and funkier than 2011’s breakthrough The English Riviera.

Summer 08 is the quirky electronic band’s fifth album and the picture we’ve used to illustrate this review is of Mount at this time. It’s title and imagery harks back eight years to when the band first tasted success.

We first saw them live several years later at Lovebox in Victoria Park on an astonishing other stage bill which featured a pre-fame Example and Ed Sheeran amongst others. Things weren’t quite so much fun at the 02 Brixton Academy on their last tour however.

So other than the Robyn duet which are the best tracks here? Old school Prince is lovingly used as inspiration on both Back Together and Old Skool. Let’s hope Mount changes his mind and tours again soon.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Metronomy. Go here for more about the band.
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