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You Say, We Say
Royseven You Say, We Say
Released 11 March 2011
Producer Andreas Herbig, Jem
Label Roadrunner
Length 36:59
Genre Alternative rock
Website http://www.royseven.com

You Say, We Say –the second album from Irish indie group Royseven– opens with the upbeat, radio friendly 'We Should be Lovers'. It’s a light and catchy song, a fairly standard piece of indie pop. It already received a bit of radio play on the likes of 2FM, 98FM and Spin 103.8, and is likely to get played a lot more in the coming few weeks.

However this is far from a good thing. 'We Should Be Lovers' is the kind of song that sounds great the first time but gets gradually more and more irritating on each subsequent listen. It’s not that it’s a bad song; it’s just that it hasn’t got anything really unique about. The same thing could be said for You Say, We Say as a whole. It has got some very mellow, melodic pop songs, but there is nothing about it that really sets Royseven out as a unique act.

You Say, We Say isn’t a bad album, far from it. It even has occasional moments of real quality. Probably the best song on the album is 'Channel 103 on my TV', a fast, rhythmic rock tune about a crazy evangelist TV channel persuading lonely people to send them money. The guitar riffs are catchy, while the lyrics are offbeat and pretty clever. Lines like "standing by the phone to take your call/money and all", make up for the dull and clichéd lyrics elsewhere on the album. Lead singer Paul Walsh does have a good voice, but for the most part he doesn’t get lyrics which do him justice. In particular 'We Should be Lovers' has the kind of soppy, clichéd love song lyrics that annoy rather than convey any real emotion.

Royseven also show hints of real talent with 'You Can’t Hide That' and the title track 'You Say, We Say', although probably the best thing that could be said about these songs is that they sound like Muse, rather than being truly good songs in their own right.

Other than this there isn’t much variation on the album. None of the other songs really stand out from each other. You Say, We Say doesn’t have any genuinely bad songs on it, but there isn’t really anything that sets it apart from the crowd either. What Royseven are lacking is a definitive sound to call their own. If Two Door Cinema Club or the Blizzards were to steal one of the songs off this album I doubt too many people would really notice.

- Bernard O’Rourke