Fool's Gold Album 8 Out Of 10 By NME

8/31/2011

FOOL'S GOLD | LEAVE NO TRACE | IAMSOUND

Despite that most hippyish of titles, Fool's Gold's second album finds them kicking off the Jesus sandals and stepping out of the sunny, love-beaded Afropop that made their debut a blog darling.

Their sound always blended LA psych-rock and dark indie with jaunty highlife sounds, and the sultry, Wild Beasts-ish "Balmy" and the Arcade Fire-worthy storminess of the title track are less happy-clappy than of old, pleasingly moody, subtle and complex.

Sometimes the likes of "Street Cloths" stray a little too far into musoville, but overall it's a masterful blend of worldwide influences without a trace of gap-year naff.

- Duncan Gillespie, NME