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The Strypes: a frustrating lack of lyrical nuance and vocal originality

Little Victories (Virgin/EMI)

In 2013, much of the focus of The Strypes’ meteoric rise centred on their age. Critics and consumers alike expressed amazement at how the Cavan teenagers could play authentic-sounding 60s and 70s blues-rock with such precision.

In many ways, The Strypes’ youth protected them from more honest assessments of their derivative nature, as well as ignoring how much easier it is in the digital era to develop a taste for any element...

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