Uncut (magazine) - p.823 stars out of 5
-- "[T]heir major label debut is full of fluffy energy..."
Photographers: Paul Rider; Joe Dilworth.
The Darling Buds' first studio LP is a potent mix of Blondie and Velocity Girl. Not as streetwise as the former but rougher than the latter, it's a solid collection of 12 straight-ahead pop-punk songs, some of which were re-worked and glossed up from earlier EPs released on the Native label. It's not earth shattering, and the relentlessly upbeat nature throughout could be better taken in moderation, but the excellent performance from this Wales group makes for a fine debut. Rarely does a band sound this confident and focused on their first full-length. ~ Andy Kellman