December 03, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

This Anglo-Swedish outfit walks the Strokes-like line of co-opting classic indie influences to craft a relevant rock sound. But Razorlight have ambitions beyond your average neo- new waver, distinguishing themselves with eclectic, combustible tunes. In addition to invoking the Clash and the Cure, this no-filler debut conjures the wounded majesty of Springsteen and Patti Smith, especially on ”Vice,” Up All Night‘s soul-stirring centerpiece.

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