It was a case of right song but wrong time for New Rhodes when they released their 'From The Beginning' single in 2005. Some portentous verses and a thriller of a chorus made it a potential modern indie anthem only it wasn't because The Editors beat them to it with the very similar-sounding 'All Sparks'. Their album passed by largely unnoticed too and even though there's nothing on it to quite match the might of 'From The Beginning' it's a fine record if a little in thrall to several indie guitar bands of the last twenty bands ranging from The Smiths to The Stills.
Despite the lack of a forceful frontman (James Williams' vocals occassionally lack personality) 'You've Given Me Something...' and 'Cowardice' have the requisite jangle, 'I Wish I Was You' proves that they can write more cracking choruses and the band offer plenty of warmth making this record an enjoyable listen throughout. Yet ultimately, New Rhodes come across as a good band without quite enough ideas to make them stand out from the pack but with a little more direction, their second album could be great.