Single review by KevW
This is the second single from London based "Gothic-pop" duo Age Of Consent, with "pop" being the operative word. 'Heartbreak' does indeed have Gothic undertones though, and it's difficult not to think back to the darker experimental synth bands of the early 1980s. If you want a comparison then we'll say Gary Numan being given a coating of mainstream make-up by Human League. It all works splendidly and 'Heartbreak' is catchy and hook-laden with just enough savoury shade to stop it becoming too sweet.
The forceful, stuttering beat has a Prince like power, acting as an anchor for the shards of vocal and synth that jut forth from it. It's robotic but with a human warmth and its non-genre-specific sound means that it spans retro and modern, electro and indie, pop and dance. It's impressively hypnotic considering it's only just over three-and-a-half minutes long, and grows with each listen too. Although if you stop to think about it, you realise it's pretty much just a less tinny, male-fronted version of La Roux, but as their sabbatical drags on, that's no bad thing.
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