Rizzle Kicks – Roaring 20s

Brighton pop-rap pair fall flat on album two...

Rizzle Kicks aren’t the first act to succumb to the dreaded second album syndrome, and they won’t be the last.

The tunes (and the horns) that we’ve come to expect are still there, but the pair of Jordan Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule have made the mistake of attempting social commentary: a skill at which they’re not particularly adept.

Thus, rather than knockabout fun, we get ruminations on the evils of reality television, failing relationships and ill-advised mansplaining.

At its best, 'Roaring 20s' is clumsy and awkward. At its worst, it’s hectoring and condescending.

The gift for catchy melody remains, but the Brighton duo might want to revisit what made them popular in the first place. 


Words: Joe Rivers

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