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Heel will no doubt find a decent following, purely because they have a style that appeals to a certain demographic, and they play it well.

London band Heel have had much praise thrown at them for this, their debut album. Being a sort of Pop-Punky band with a pretty (and talented) lead singer doesn't hurt, and Heel will certainly appeal to people who miss Paramore being good, and think Gwen Stefani should go out and buy back her old guitars. I think you get the idea...

Opening with the single 'An Apology', it's immediately apparent that 'The Parts We Save' isn't for those of a more Metal-oriented disposition. Sure, there are guitars, but this is essentially Pop music with guitars; the sort of thing that should go down well with girls under twenty-one. There are certainly no problems with the band themselves, and in Margarita they have a singer who can hold her own with others in the genre, even if she does (at times) allow a Christina Aguilera-esque whine to creep in. Occasional guitar solos are well-played too, but a fluffy production robs many tracks of any real oomph.

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The hooks are pretty good in the main, and the song structure ticks plenty of boxes, but despite repeated listens I found it hard to give that much of a toss either way, with the album going in one ear and out of the other, barely pausing to wipe its feet on the way. The standout track is easily 'Cool', where the band lull you into a false sense of security with a slow, dreamy opening and then come in with a bounce. This is followed by 'Keep Running Back To Me', the most interestingly aggressive track here. Worst song, again easily, is 'Streets Full Of You', a decidedly dreary choice of album closer.

Heel will no doubt find a decent following, purely because they have a style that appeals to a certain demographic, and they play it well. I am very sure that they would be a great band to see live; but in the end, the fact that the songs just aren't all that special, and that means that I won't be holding my breath for a tour just yet.

Alan Holloway

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