Pete Tong sez that Aloud "are the Darkness Of Dance". All you lovers of Suffolk Rock can be assured that Radio 1's Friday Nite favourite meant this as a complement. Closer inspection though reveals little in the way of ball-crunching falsettos and not much more than a smidgeon of a dweedly axe solo.
Over the last few years, French artists Daft Punk, Air, and Phoenix have re-interpreted / re-programmed used up, worn out forms and sold them back to Pop's formerly dominant producers in the US and Blighty. Young Parisians Aloud have crossed into Dance's final frontier by crossing that most adaptable of genres with AOR. Given the encroaching years of the original Ibiza generation, it's now possible to see that Adult Orientated Dance was an historic inevitability.
However, Sex & Sun is only OK if you need to be reminded of the curious style of funk-rock lite that INXS made their own. Also, if the chorus of "Sex And Sun / Smoke And Honey / That's Where I Want To Be" is something more to our venerable dance programmers than cheese-flavoured kitsch, then things really have gone Pete Tong.