After releasing two multi-platinum albums, Razorlight lost their footing with 2008’s Slipway Fires, a bloated album that sank under the weight of frontman Johnny Borrell’s pretension. Drummer Andy Burrows, who’d written several of the more salvageable songs on the album, made his exit from the group one year later and quickly launched I Am Arrows. Sun Comes Up Again, his band’s full-length debut, is essentially a solo project, with Burrows playing every instrument and singing every harmony. It’s also a complete reversal from Razorlight’s work, with electronic pop songs and zippy, sunshiny folk tunes replacing the puffed-up rockers of Burrows’ past. Not every track lives up to the promise of “Nun,” which opens the album with handclaps, a staccato bass riff, and multi-tracked vocals, but a handful of the songs come close, and Sun’s biggest strength winds up being its refreshing lack of pretense. Who knew Razorlight’s secret weapon was sitting behind the hi-hat this whole time?
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Leahey