After what some fans might feel is an extremely long wait, the quartet that are Rixton have finally delivered their debut album, and it gets off to a brilliant start with the balladesque title track ‘Let The Road.’ Almost completely stripped of instrumentation, it delivers a great demonstration of just how talented the band are and how well they can harmonise with one another.
‘Wait On Me’ meanwhile has an almost undeniable R’n’B feel to it, and with a catchy chorus, it’s likely to have listeners singing and grooving along to it within a matter of minutes. In comparison to its predecessor, it’s certainly different, and this isn’t a bad thing by any means – if anything it just proves how versatile the band can be as they experiment with different styles rather than just sticking to one genre as many other bands and artists tend to do.
They proceed to switch things up once more with ‘Appreciated’, which had a far more poppy rhythm, as does ‘Beautiful Excuses’ which, out of the two, is the far better number, assisted by heartfelt lyrics and the way in which the tempo picks up for the chorus. Unsurprisingly, their smash hit single ‘Me And My Broken Heart’ is a highlight of the collection, and, having just toured with Ariana Grande, it’s likely to find itself blasted from stereos and i-pods all over again in the coming weeks.
It was always going to be a challenge for which ever track followed on from ‘MAMBH’ to be as good, and, to give it credit, ‘Hotel Ceiling’ tries really hard and should have fans holding up their mobiles to should the band tour again in the future, but it still feels a little lacklustre.
‘I Like Girls’ is the weakest number on the album and feels like something the band just cobbled together, perhaps while soaking up the sun in a foreign country, and the lyrics are cheesy – as a result, the whole track feels completely out of place among the collection and it puts a real downer on the stronger material that has gone before it. Fortunately ‘Speakerphone’ is much better, the simple lyrics and catchy chorus just begging listeners to sing and tap their feet along to.
As the song featured in the new Cornetto advert, ‘We All Want The Same Thing’ has been unavoidable for the past few weeks, and it’s because of such promotion that the song is memorable at all – the vocal delivery is a bit rough, and although the musicianship isn’t bad, when compared to numerous other numbers on the album, this can easily be overlooked.
In closing with ‘Whole’, the album feels almost as if it’s come full circle – with a stripped back vocal and great harmonies by the band, the group end this debut effort with a further reminder of just how talented they are, and put themselves in a strong position to be one of the UK’s most successful acts for some time.