Spector – All the Sad Young Men (Single Review)

It’s been a while since we heard anything from the FredMcPherson fronted Londoners Spector. The posh indie rockers last released a magnificent debut album in 2012, yet after the release of Enjoy It While It Lasts everything went rather quiet on the releases front, save for two songs in the last year or two. This week marks the start of a brand new album campaign, spearheaded by new single All the Sad Young Men.

All the Sad Young Men is a world away from the Vaccines-flecked indie rock of their debut, rather opting for a heavily synth influenced approach on this power ballad. “Hello, nothing ever really started with a kiss” croons McPherson over buzzing synths and a pounding snare. Wavy guitar chords are somewhere in the background, yet it’s clear that the emphasis here is on the vocals. This is one of McPherson’s best vocal performances to date, particularly in its chorus. “I don’t wanna make love, I don’t wanna make plans” he emphatically sings in the chorus. They haven’t played the song yet live, but we can already tell that Spector have an absolute anthem on their hands here. Welcome back, Spector.