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Track: ‘Would That Not Be Nice’ by Divine Fits
Average grade: 5.1
Richard: The moody bass line that opens the track leads me to believe that this will be one arrogant jam that walks with a cocksure strut. Britt Daniel then scowls into the microphone and yeah, we’re getting a little moody now. The song is an old fashioned little rocker that gets my toe tapping a little, but I don’t want to prance along rebelliously like Ren McCormack. I don’t want to dance in the dirt and seduce the Reverend’s daughter. I like it, but not enough to dance. 6/10
Kenny: Not helped by the fact that the PC I’ve listened to this on is geriatric in terms of sound quality I was less impressed by the tune than expected (expectations based solely on the accompanying picture and that the band are on Merge). As an album track amongst others with more pace this would I think fare better than as a single for it’s pretty restrained although it gets more “out there” towards the end with echo effect on the vocals. Their sound has a decent heft to it though so 6/10.
Linda: Spoon! The initial excitement of getting into a new Spoon track is quickly followed by the disappointment of the lack of any discernible Wolf Parade influences. You could argue that musical mastermind Spencer Krug was the mythical force keeping Wolf Parade on track, but Dan Boeckner did prove his own with Handsome Furs. Still, Spoon is nice, Spoon+Wolf Parade would have been amazing. 6.5/10
Harry: An intriguing beat and a sumptuous bass-line and slick vocals that meander through the song with such ease give this track the appearance of being so promising from the off. Unfortunately, it’s only briefly exciting. It’s a shame, really. There’s a huge chorus lurking somewhere beyond the song that never reveals itself and the slight breakdown towards the end takes the track nowhere. 5/10 (mainly for the bass-line)
Stuart: ‘Would That Not Be Nice’ is generic, shallow, landfill indie masquerading as shimmering electro-pop-guitar-rock only because the producer has run the vocal through ProTools more times than Katie Price has flashed her tits to Nuts readers, and then shamelessly shoehorned in a bloody awful synth. The title sounds like a bad Graham Taylor quote, the song itself lacks any spark, drive or cajones and then completely runs out of ideas about fifty seconds in. These jokers should consider re-titling it to ‘That Would Not Be Nice’, because it wouldn’t fucking be nice to have to listen to such bunkum again…’cause just in case you’re still in any doubt, it ain’t nice. Divine Fail. 1/10
Hayley: You can definitely tell this song is the result of members from two prominent bands merging as one, as you can hear elements of Spoon and Wolf Parade in this track with both musicians combining their own distinctive offerings. The fuzzy lo-fi quality, psychedelic effects and snarling vocals gives it quite an authentic garage-rock sound, but I’m not entirely convinced that this song sets them apart from any other contemporary garage-rock band; the intentionally nonsensical lyrics contribute to the laid back style but don’t really offer any inspiration to go any further and listen to what else they have to offer. I can imagine people loving this super-group concoction; unfortunately personal taste prevents me from taking to this track as much as I probably should. 4.5/10
Stef: It is amazing how much the vocals make the difference, because you hear these vocals, and suddenly you think it is a complete Spoon track or something. If you hear the track vocalized by Dan Boeckner, that was the reverse for me. I’m more enthusiastic than many people here. I love that bass (my favorite Spoon tracks are generally propelled by that instrument), adore those raspy vocals, and love some of the guitar/instrumental tricks as well. Like the idea of constantly answering the question, Gee, wouldn’t that be nice. Not the best I’ve heard out of either two, but definitely something I can imagine myself listening to a whole album full of. 7/10