The Rifles
None The Wiser

Released: 27th January 2014
Label: Cooking Vinyl

Do you want an album that does not try to pretend to be anything other than great, uplifting guitar pop music? If so then ‘None The Wiser’, the fourth album from The Rifles, is the album for you.

‘None The Wiser’ sees the original line up of this great band reunited. No disrespect to those involved in the band's third album ‘Freedom Run’, but it can’t just be a coincidence that the re-uniting of the original four members sees the band return to the high standards set by those first two albums ‘No Love lost’ and ‘Great Escape’. Every song on ‘None The Wiser’ could be a single, this is an album full to the brim with hooks, melodies and enough infectious choruses to make you wonder why The Rifles have yet to make the step up to the arenas.

‘Minute Mile’ opens the album in a Weller-esque manner, this song highlights the talent this band have in crafting a perfect pop song. I especially love the lyric “The little things you don’t realise are the things that let me know you could be mine”. ‘Heebie Jeebies’ follows in a breathtaking manner, this is so infectious you will find the song swirling around your head for a very long time to come. ‘Go Lucky’ is The Rifles at their best, for those of you that fell in love with this band at the time of their debut album, this song will remind you exactly why you did. The way the song moves from verse to chorus is effortless.

Further highlights are aplenty. ‘All I Need’ is a joyful, acoustic led track which will make even the most miserable amongst us smile. ‘You Win Some’ is an anthemic song full of reflective lyrics “There’s beauty in tomorrow, if it means that I can change”. There is a huge Stone Roses influence running through 'The Hardest Place To Find Me' which is probably why I love it so much, and again the lyrics throughout highlight the talent this band have in penning a song, “By the time I turn around another day just slips away without a warning”.

The final song ‘Under And Over’ more than proves The Rifles are a band that sure know what they are doing, the way the song moves from chant along vocals to the band ferociously charging at you gives ‘None The Wiser’ a very memorable ending.

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