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Kids of 88: Modern Love

They may have made their name with sexually charged synth-pop anthems, but they’ve put their lothario ways behind them and have graduated to a fuller, meatier pop sound.
Kids of 88 - Modern Love
Kids of 88 - Modern Love

Two years after Kiwi pop act Kids of 88 dominated the charts with catchy hollow pop tracks such as Just a Little Bit, the duo has returned with a new outing that’s more protein-based pop than their glucose-fuelled debut Sugarpills. They may have made their name with sexually charged synth-pop anthems, but they’ve put their lothario ways behind them and have graduated to a fuller, meatier pop sound. While the band’s influences still lie in new wave and the 1980s, there’s a touch of the early 1990s here and Komodo and Tucan even have joyous Deep Forest, tribal qualities. But it’s tracks LaLa and The Drug which are the real successes, where the band is at their best – both are catchy, sing-along-in-the-car gems.

Rating: 4/5

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