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Album Review: Don Broco - Big Fat Smile

Don Broco are just one of the many new British rock hopefuls for 2011 and with them they bring a decent collection in the form of this mini-album, 'Big Fat Smile'. Kicking off with the bold 'Dreamboy' that drives its way through with an instantly catchy chorus, mixed with a simple yet acceptable rock sound, something that is somewhat of a trend for the Bedford four-piece throughout.

'Metalface' follows it on well with its radiant chorus. Whereas 'Beautiful Morning' starts off in an intriguing fashion; floating guitar lines lead into a buoyant chorus with duel-vocals declaring "it feels like a beautiful morning" whilst the occasional "woah" makes the track stand out furthermore.

'Top Of The World' continues the bands feel-good, albeit slighty more rockier with Rob Damiani's vocals at times center stage and throughly sounding confident. Most evidently its on 'I'm Good' where Damiani shines, as the slower tempo allows the focus, to an extent, be more on him. However the bands ability to take charge of the calm, swaying tempo and perhaps most importantly, the tracks structure makes the song as awhole well-rounded.

'Do What We Do' closes the EP and sees the band heading down the straight-up rock route, one which is rather loose yet feisty. It's not the best track here, but it gives the EP a bit more variation and simultaneously Don Broco do not stray from what they know best.

Over the course of six songs, Don Broco make a good enough statement to get themselves noticed and back up any hype they've had. 'Big Fat Smile' hits all the right marks and gives the band tons of promise and potential, as their overall sound is instantly favorable and keeps you interested long enough. So much so that after a few listens you'll have it on repeat. You may even have just what the record says - a big fat smile.

4/5

'Big Fat Smile' by Don Broco.

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Sean Reid