With its sparse, yet super-melodic intro, ‘Girls Like You’, the 4th single from Passive Me, Aggressive You, caught me off guard on first listen. Immediately electronic, with synth sounds swelling between percussion, it is reminiscent of MGMT’s ‘Oracular Spectacular’, which is,of course, no bad thing, but it does mean that The Naked & Famous are not exactly pushing artistic boundaries. The song builds up into big beats and synth textures supporting an attractive melody, and I found myself doing nodding my head along without realising. This is the appeal of this song; it’s not high art, and it’s not particularly innovative, but the melody is almost annoyingly sing-a-long-ish and it will definitely fill dance floors wherever it’s played. There’s not much variety in the structure but the electro feel keeps up the energy and it’s never boring.

If you want to find something new and exciting or musically complicated then maybe this track is not for you, but if you are looking for something to dance to, something to sing along with or something that’s just sounds happy, you couldn’t go too far wrong with ‘Girls Like You’.

Release Date 18/03/2011 (Polydor)

Chris Gilliver

I started out writing for the Manchester Evening News as a freelance journalist back in 2008. The idea that I would be given free access to music and gigs seemed somehow miraculous to me, and I proceeded to take full advantage of the situation. When the M.E.N. decided to constrict its coverage to only the very biggest bands, Simon Poole approached me with a plan to make sure that all the very talented musicians of this world that pass through and/or live in Manchester would not go unnoticed. As the New Releases editor here at Silent Radio Towers, it remains my proud duty to cast a critical eye over the music and reviews that come my way in a manner that is both supportive and fair. Above all, I strive to write as entertainingly possible. Favourite musicians include the Pixies, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Mercury Rev, Os Mutantes, The Knife, Beach House etc etc. I'm a firm believer that all genres (except nu-metal) contain music of great quality...