British indie pop band Postcards From Jeff made a nice first impression last year with the release of their self-titled debut EP and look to build on that foundation with first full-length “Modern Language.” It’s a solid effort, albeit one that falls short of being essential, and I’m guessing that with a bit more seasoning, Postcards From Jeff might have a great record in them.
The brooding 10-track, 44-minute release includes two tunes from the EP — “A House” and “Awake” — and is a showcase for frontman Joss Worthington. Unfortunately, Worthington’s vocals are a little weak and that takes away from the overall effectiveness of “Modern Language.”
Lead single “Suburban Girl” opens the album and is an unqualified success. Postcards From Jeff also score with “Goddess of the Sun,” the title track and both of the aforementioned holdovers from the EP. Less effective are “Japanese Man O’ War,” “Tired Wings” and “Lay Low.” Overall, the good outweighs the bad here and this is a record that merits a spin or two. (Jeffrey Sisk)