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The Long Blondes: Forum, London

Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 24 April 2008

WINNING THE NME RADAR award for best new band in 2006 wasn't quite the turning point Sheffield's Long Blondes were entitled to expect. Their first album peaked at 44, and the second, Couples, has just entered the chart at a dispiriting 48. This is despite their witty lyrics ("Close your eyes and think of Erin O'Connor," runs their typically droll tribute to the model) and glimmering new-wave tunes, and coming across as articulate and likable people. So who knows why they're failing to connect.

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