The Alison Moyet diehards (if such people exist) calm down and
their palpatations can come to an end as, sadly, this is not a revival of
the Yazoo classic, but instead a bouncy, ska-inflected number that
sounds like something UB40 would knock off on a slow day.
Thanks to The Ordinary Boys, there seems to be a ska revival on.
But The Dualers, while managing to craft an extremely
radio-friendly three minutes of pop fun, seem to lack the personality
necessary to make this something distinctive rather than something everyday.
It's worthy advice-as-pop-song seems like a more energetic Des'ree,
with its proclamation of "Don't wanna see you hurting no more/Don't wanna
see you crying/It's time to face the future for sure/Boy you gotta keep on
trying", and is far too earnest to consider seriously.
Yes, it has an attractive exuberance to it that is hard to deny, but as
bright and bubbly as it is, it sounds too much like the soundtrack to an
advertisement for headache tablets or a management training video fronted by
Bruno Brookes or pre-Deal Or No Deal Noel Edmonds. Don't Go's
unpretentiousness is endearing, and they don't carry with them the sense of
importance that, say, ska icons The Specials had, but you just can't
see The Dualers going very far except on a support slot with UB40 before
hitting the pub circuit.