Following up the hype of a debut record can always be a difficult challenge. With just one exceptional album set as the benchmark for an entire career, the pressure to succeed again has been one of the biggest cliches in music history. And while Palma Violets' debut '180' was a slow grower within their fanbase, all eyes are now on the London four-piece as they deliver their sophomore full-length release.
While the band have so far been lumped in with all the other indie upstarts of the last five years, 'Danger In The Club' looks to be the one that sets them apart from the comfortable in-crowd and give them their own voice within an overcrowded genre. And while the album is a great overall listen, it does fail to deliver the same bite as their previous work. Their overemphasised approach to the drawl and dreary side of their sound has left this new record feeling a little flat in places and prevents you from really getting into it after just one listen.
It is definitely a release that you need to hear a few times before making your mind up, but without a greater sense of urgency within their sound, it loses a lot of its initial pace and you may just find yourself picking out a handful of tracks to listen again.