Just when we thought we had heard the last of Klaxons and the nu-rave scene they were responsible for, they return with a new album and judging by the eclectic quality of their guest producers, a whole new direction to boot. It has been four years since the electronic three-piece released their commercially disappointing sophomore album 'Surfing The Void', but not ones to let setbacks get under their skin, they have used to time to bring their sound right up to date and deliver 'Love Frequency', a hybrid of the Klaxons instantly recognisable vocals and contemporary house rhythms.
With guest producers like James Murphy, Gorgon City and The Chemicals Brothers' Tom Rowlands, this new album had a sense of new beginnings about it. With their original sound dwindling with public popularity, it was looking like they had gone to extra lengths to make sure that their return would not only turn heads but keep up with the ever-rising bar that electronic music has had over the last few years. But unfortunately 'Love Frequency' never really gets going as the album just trips and stumbles from one track to the next, leaving forgettable and disappointing songs in its wake. While the single 'There Is No Other Time' was set as the demonstration to what Klaxons had become, the reality is that they are now just a shadow of their former selves and never sound comfortable in this new style.
While a lot of myself was hoping that 'Love Frequency' would be a formidable return to form, 'Love Frequency' just lacks the raw passion and tenacity the band once had and in the end, just adds another nail to their musical coffin.