Little Green Cars (Liberation/Universal)
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that these Irish independents have the echo of Coldplay and Mumford & Sons about them.
The producer of those bands - Markus Dravs - has helped create a signature sound that make Little Green Cars sound like sons of those, while still retaining a youthful vitality in songs such as My Love Took Me To The River To Silence Me and the anthemic love ode Them.
Steve Appleby is a more natural fit as a lead vocalist than Faye O'Rourke though the "please believe my lies at least I know you gave it your best try" is the most interesting of these soul-bearing twenty-something songs.
Little Green Cars are eminently listenable to even if their creative fuel is regular rather than high octane.
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