TITLE: Up All Night
YEAR RELEASED: 2004
CHART ACTION: #3 UK
SINGLES: Rock N Roll Lies (#56 UK), Rip It Up (#20 UK), Stumble and Fall (#27 UK), Golden Touch (#9 UK), Vice (#18 UK), Somewhere Else (#2 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No
LINEUP: Johnny Borrell, Carl Dalemo, Christian Smith-Pancorvo, Bjorn Agren
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: UK rock band derived from the same scene as the Libertines makes safe, arena-esque rock with an indie touch. It’s nothing special.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Indie rock with no sharp edges? Hooks and chants with no rock and roll edge? I’m torn on how to describe Razorlight.
They have a fistful of influences from arena rock, to edgy punk, to bands like Oasis. They grew out of the same scene as the Libertines, but doesn’t have the edge as that band, not in the least. “Rip It Up” doesn’t want you rip anything up – it’s a safe rebellion song.
The lyrics, though, are, um…well…”I met a girl/She asked me my name/I told her what it was”. Yeah, that’s the level of insight here.
It’s not bad enough to throw out or exile, nor is it good enough to jump up and down and sing halleluiah about rock and roll. This is what the B- grade was made for.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Originally, Borrell was a solo singer-songwriter, but formed a band to go out on tour as a support act as first.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: The original version didn’t have “Somewhere Else”, but it was appended and is the only way to get it now.
GRADE: B-: Some people will like this. It’s got some hooks and is plenty safe, but it ain’t that edgy or indie. Probably sounded decent on the radio, which is why some songs charted.