Second album from Bristol-based rock-dance crew

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Kosheen – Kokopelli

Not quite sure why Kosheen are classified as a dance act. Perhaps it’s because the band’s creative forces go under the rather silly names of Markee Substance and Darren Decoder. The follow-up to their Top 10 debut is a traditional rock album with a few touches of electronica, occupying broadly the same territory as Moloko. Fronted by vocalist Sian Evans, who sounds improbably like Carly Simon crossed with Shara Nelson, there are guitar hooks aplenty. “Blue Eyed Boy” even borrows a motif from Quo’s “Pictures Of Matchstick Men”. But it’s far too inoffensive to change anyone’s young, impressionable life.