Colin Somerville, Scotland on Sunday, 21.09.03

This provides pretty much what it says on the cover, with the Scottish three-piece of modest renown offering much to be optimistic about on this promising debut.

Certainly, it’s a tad contradictory to follow the melodically boisterous opener ‘Buildings Of The Future’ with ‘Earthquake Zone’, which toys with the notion of living in a place “where I can feel those plates move beneath my feet”.

But while Northern Alliance may not cause seismic shifts in our perception of rock, they know the value of a wheezing keyboard and stinging guitar, while their voices knowingly understate a sound case for the band’s future.

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