Over its eleven tracks, which barely span 37 minutes, a girl a bottle a boat has the sense of a band reaching out, grasping, for one more unforgettable hit song. From the dancey, indie-rock guitars of opening number, Drink Up – a party anthem that lacks the requisite ‘oomph’ to truly live up to its ambitions – to the musically overblown and self-important closing track, You Better Believe. An electronic beat runs underneath lead single Play That Song’s melody – which is openly borrowed from classic pop staple, Heart and Soul – in what feels like an attempt to appeal to what contemporary listeners are expecting in a pop song, an effect repeated by the pitch-shifted riff of The News. And, even at only 4 minutes duration, Play That Song could do with being tightened up.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 20th January 2017. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.