Guardian New band of the day say of O Children, somewhat
stangely: The buzz: "Early Bunnymen distilled through Billy
Idol schlock." The
truth: There is something a little Rocky Horror about them,
but not so much that it detracts from the music's considerable dark
likely to: Fetishise death and despair while disco dancing. Least
likely to: Wear fake conical breasts, no matter how ace. What
to buy: The single Dead Disco Dancer is Freleased by Deadly
on Monday. File
next to: Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim, Bauhaus,
"This LA two-piece do 50's-influenced spook-electro, with sparse
keyboards building atmospheres pregnant with dread and desire, while
Isabelle Albuquerque croons nightmare-logic lyrics, one minute a victim,
the next a femme fatale. 'Miles Away' is Kraftwerk stuck on the Lost
Highway, a spectral noir with an ungraspable story line, while 'Humanize'
could be the ghost of The Shangri-Las. All these songs twist and turn
and fuck with your head, especialy when they turn into pop tunes, as
with 'Even So' which could be Kylie if it didn't keep dodging choruses.
But 'Suffering' discombobulates most. After an album of Suicide-isms,
it sounds like Soft Cell doing Grease and a fitting end to an inventive,
darkly addictive album. 8/10"