The National Trust, Kings And Queens

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Kings And Queens

The National Trust

Blending high, soulful vocals with twitchy electronics, The National Trust imagine R&B as created by Mouse on Mars. The songs have a tough, throbbing dance beat, full of bottom-heavy synths and craterlike bass. "It's Just Cruel" drops in a nervous guitar line to create a sleek piece of neo-disco while "Canday's Away" plays it slow and cool, it's panting, Prince-like vocal serving as the perfect soundtrack for a seduction. And for those washed-out late 70s cop car chases, there's "Stages", where frantic rolling toms and sporadic blasts of brass seem to power a swerving getaway car.