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Cousteau: Borderline, London

Adam Sweeting, The Guardian, 24 March 2005

WITH A NEW ALBUM DUE IN APRIL, their debut for the Endeavour label after a stint with Chris Blackwell's Palm, Cousteau are hoping there's a space for music that ignores all fashionable formulae. Inevitably, the band will find themselves tarred with accusations of musicianliness, since they're able to navigate skilfully through extended multi-part songs that don't depend on sequencers or samples for their effect. And their fondness for a kind of brooding, bluesy balladry seems perversely anti-commercial in this era of McFly and Il Divo.

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