Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2005
TWENTYSOMETHING BROTHERS Dave and Paul Allen, offspring of folk musician parents and raiders of their record collection, aren't shy about revealing their love of Sixties/Seventies West Coast sounds. As vocal harmonisers and, respectively, guitarist and bassist of the quartet Hal, they've crafted a charming and disarming debut, which conveys their mastery of sun-baked manners but never merely copies. There's a real joie de vivre to these songs, strong and seductive enough to be both original and timeless.
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