Last Of Many is the debut album from London based foursome The Foxes. This first time effort sees the Londoners working alongside John Cornfield, whose previous work includes the likes of Muse, Oasis and Razorlight. The result is a fourteen track marathon of mild mannered, radio friendly rock/pop, think The Stereophonics meets The Magic Numbers.
Last Of Many isn’t a bad album. At best there are moments of electrically charged vocals and brooding guitar, at worst you find your attention slipping and it all starts to sound a bit banal and samey. Suzy is a promising start, like most of the album it’s largely carried by Nigel Thomas’ vocals and Jonathan Bretman’s guitar. It’s a sparse, moody number, with Nigel’s vocals assuming an almost sneering quality. There’s a retro vibe to this album which first makes itself known in the indie pop of Something About You. It pales however in comparison with the more rock infused moments. Run continues in the vein established with Suzy, a catchy chorus and limelight stealing guitar solo inject a bit of pace and make this one of the highlights so far.
The Badly Drawn Boy-esque Sweet Little Wonder brings us more of The Foxes’ retro whimsical pop. The lyrics are blunt and matter of fact but this effort falls flat with what’s come before. Send Me Nothing sees a combination of angsty lyrics, moody guitar and attitude laden vocals. It’s something of a love lorn teen anthem equipped with a retro guitar solo. It goes some way to recovering your attention. This is short lived though, Get Me will irritate with its whining lyrics, a chorus consisting of ‘You don’t get me’ repeated can only appeal to disillusioned teenagers. The Sad Thing, as the title may suggest, has a mellow vibe verging almost on a country sound.
Waiting For The Storm has a definite Magic Numbers flavour, which makes for a pleasant interlude before the albums’ close. Sorry To Leave You is a satisfying end to this body of work. It has a menacing edge and is one of the better moments to be found here.
Last Of Many won’t disappoint if radio friendly, mild rock is your thing. For those who like their music varied and a bit of substance to the lyrics (stretching further than a gripe with girls) this may be one to avoid.