Having rounded off their UK tour this month with their biggest headline show to date at Koko, fans of Room94 have been eager to finally get their mitts on this album.
Opening number ‘The Morning After’ presents the album for what it ultimately turns out to be in its entirety, a catchy, though far from original offering, from a quartet riding a wave of popularity. ‘Superstar’ launched them into the ears and hearts of thousands and is a highlight of the ten tracks – it is, in all honesty, perfect for dance floors, live show venues and any other performance exercise they want fans to enjoy – no doubt masses at their recent shows will have been dancing and singing along, and when giving this a listen, it’s not that hard to see why.
Room94 are far from special or exceptionally talented when it comes to their musicianship or their song-writing abilities, but they aren’t the worst either. Being young and with a growing number of fans supporting them at shows and through social media, it’s of little surprise to find that the entire budget for the video to latest single ‘When I Was A Teenager’ was blown by spending it on a huge house party, rather than whatever idea their management had in mind. The quartet from Hertfordshire have had a wild twelve months, supporting Lawson last year, so when ‘One Night’ presents a vibe echoing their tour mates, it’s difficult to decide whether that’s an honour for them or not.
One of the better offerings is ‘Dream Girl’, again not a highly original idea for a song, but in closing with ‘Shine Your Light’, the band finally, if not a little late, give the listener a genuine idea of what they are capable of. It’s not a ballad per se, but the closest they’ve ever come to one so far, and it is a lovely piece of music with the vocals, rather than the instruments, being the real reason to listen.