The pop band Monaco is back with the follow-up to their successful debut album "Music for Pleasure", with its mega hit "What Do You Want from Me". Monaco is Peter Hook from New Order and his friend David Potts. Peter Hook has marked this album with an evident New Order sound. Both guitars and basses are very reminiscent of later New Order albums. They have other nice influences and at times, I come to think of The Seahorses, where John Squire from The Stone Roses plays the guitar.
The song material is very good at times, but the quality is quite varied. It's unfortunate that the sound is too monotonous. The style is pretty much the same throughout the album.
One of the pearls on this album is "Kashmere", which sound exactly like a New Order song. And "See-Saw" is the real hit of the album. It's a worthy "What Do You Want from Me" competitor. Very well done. If it's not a major hit within six months, I'll be very surprised. I claim these guys, at least most of the time, have a great feeling for writing strong and catchy pop songs.