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Reviewed: 8/13/2008 by Mike

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Do we really need another boy band? Haven’t we had enough? Well before Stanfour get dismissed as yet another bunch of Back Street Boys or Busted clones, it is worth noting that this album is produced by The Rasmus’ Martin Hansen, is mixed by none other than Randy Staub-giving it a distinct rock edge- and many of the songs are co-writes with the likes of Max Martin, Ryan Tedder (One Republic) and Desmond Child. Currently a big noise in Europe, this German four-piece is currently over on the other side of the Atlantic courting the American record labels with their brand of edgy pop rock. Indeed there is much to enjoy on this debut album. Opening anthem ‘For All Lovers’, the Rasmus like title track or the Outmatch sounding commercial pop of ‘How Does It Feel’ push all the right buttons. ‘In Your Arms’ is a catchy contemporary ballad that wouldn’t have been out of place on the One Republic hit album and there are no shortages of singles, including the seductive ‘Everything I Am’ or the stomping pop of ‘It’s Not Over’ and ‘Do It All’. If there were one criticism of ‘Wildlife’ then it would be the inclusion of too many slow tempo songs and although the album represents good value with its thirteen song running time, sometimes less is more

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