Studio Album by released in 2012

Contact review

Hard nut to crack from Noisettes

The word noisette in French means hazelnut or filbert. This word represents the whole essence of the group: first of all, here we have the main component of the group – their musical style - various noises, crackles, interfering signals, and, secondly, the analogy with a nut that needs to be cracked in order to get to its meat and fully enjoy the taste. Noisettes began their career in 2003, and in 2005 they introduced their first EP - Three Moods Of The Noisettes. This album marked the beginning of their creative way and formed Noisettes main trademark – experiments with volume, aggression, melody, music and musical styles. Well it is Indie style at its best. Despite the wide variety of styles, involved in Noisettes songs, the Londoners always take two of them as the basis - rock 'n' roll and blues. These are the styles that convey bully-aggressive and lyrically-melancholic mood best of all. Two studio albums – What's the Time Mr. Wolf? and Wild Young Hearts are built precisely on this principle and give the listener the time for unrestrained merriment, and minutes for the grand Weltschmerz. Creative works of the group are a kind of confession, during which they are drawing for themselves and for the others a perfect world where they want to live, running away from all the ugly and unpleasant, away from pain and suffering, and it's all on the background of old rock-n-roll sound.

Start of the transmission

The initial point of Noisettes Contact is the instrumental track Transmission Will Start that begins almost with the symphony orchestra, gaining strength, accelerating its tempo, and we hear that the transmission will start in five seconds. The countdown is over and then goes the first song of the album called I Want You Back, its entry is made in the dynamic blues style with gradually connecting synth rhythm. The group refuses to use fully depressing atmosphere, in spite of the fact that the track title asks for something dark and melancholic. Track goes easily and dynamically without impacting grief on the listener over the things long-lost and long-gone. And, surely, it is worth mentioning the following tracks on the album - That girl and Ragtop Car, the first of which captivates you with its energy, rock-n-roll sound and catchy chorus, it was released just before the album and has already reached 87 place in the UK singles chart. The second song is done in the best traditions of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? and is presented to us in the country-blues processing, performed almost a cappella with a slight addition of banjo and piano. It is sunny, spiritual and reassuring song with light notes of philosophy. Eclectism on the album is startling, taking into account its scope, the album is not limited to country, a cappella, symphonic or rock-n-roll styles, but also includes other interesting styles up to the bossanova rhythms in Star and classic blues style in the final track Contact that gave the name for the album and completes it with an open end and hope for a brighter future.

Contact is made

The album gives a sense of ease when you realize that amongst all the adversities where you have to be; on the background of dark, heavy sky there is a silver lining, a ray of hope, and, in spite of the disaster you have a chance to escape - you just have to wait until the storm ends. Contact, in most cases, represents the antithesis, the contraposition of music and lyrics. Listening to cheerful rock-n-roll rhythm of That Girl, we receive revelations of the girl, who is on the psychological denial stage of the current events, and does not want to know anything about the one with whom he spends all his time and just accepts her fate. Only after the attentive listening and understanding of the events you realize that it is really a hard nut to crack... and not everything in that song is that funny. The same story goes with the most of songs from Noisettes, they moved from the notorious notion of lyrics and music unity, constantly experimenting, and to be honest, successfully. The group is gaining momentum, and does not have a large audience of listeners yet, so at the moment and we hope in the future, they will be doing the music for the soul and heart, exactly what they feel, not trying to follow what inconsistent music fashion dictates. One can be certain Contact is in correspondence with the previous albums. It does have its hits. And, of course, it will certainly brighten up any love-romantic or lonely-philosophical or festive-friendly evening.