Yak - 'Alas Salvation'

8/10

Having been one of the most talked about new acts on the British music scene for the last few years, rock trio Yak finally take the plunge and deliver their much-hyped debut album 'Alas Salvation'. Much like their previous EPs and releases, 'Alas Salvation' takes that razor-sharp wit and fuzzy guitar playing and stretches it across a full 13 track record, something that seems almost too easy for them.

While the direction of their music isn't the most complicated, what they do with it is make it fun and engaging throughout. Their simple riffs and lyrics have this infectious quality, giving them an instantly memorable feel that helps make this album more than just a collection of their work. Each track seems to be lined up in order to progress from the last. It has a flow and a rhythm to it that keeps it not only extremely entertaining but also concise and driven in its musical intentions.

Very rarely does a record come along that feels like every move, song, lyric and beat has been agonised over to make sure its place is surely deserved. It is this attention to detail that makes 'Alas Salvation' such a joy to listen to and something we'll want to come back to again and again.

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