Blood Red Shoes – Box of Secrets

ARTIST:  Blood Red Shoes      220px-Boxofsecrets

TITLE:  Box of Secrets

YEAR RELEASED: 2008

CHART ACTION: #47 UK

SINGLES: I Wish I Was someone Better (#186 UK), You Bring Me Down (#64 UK), Say Something, Say Anything (#79 UK), This Is Not for You

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not

LINEUP: Laura-Mary Carter, Steven Ansell

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Yes, another guitar / drums duo. Yes it’s a male and female guitar / drums duo. But it’s not a copycat of the White Stripes, the Japandroids or even Black Keys.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The inevitable comparisons to the White Stripes will come out, since the guitar is rock oriented and loud and the drums are in your ears. But Carter and Ansell are a true partnership in many ways the White Stripes were not. They both sing, and the musicians complement each other in many ways, The songs are all co-written as well.

Vocally, they remind me a bit of the Subways, another UK band from around this time with aggressive guitars and drums. But there’s something a bit more here – they’re pretty deft considering the limitations of simple instrumentations.

Every cut was good to great. It’s a fine album to blast around. Good riffs, good guitar, good drums, good energy. Yeah, it’s good.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They released several EPs early in their career that’s collected on a release (and I’ll cover next for them). One of those songs was the track this album was named for, but didn’t appear on this.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: A-: They proved me wrong, for sure. Not a copy at all, but something exciting.

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