With the magic number of 10 songs on their debut, The Flaws show that they've done their time studying the rock textbooks and the back sleeves of the classics. That bit of goodwill out of the way, they make 'Achieving Vagueness' even more likeable by putting as much care into the first one as the 10th.

While the ghosts of bands of 20 years ago and longer rattle around 'Achieving Vagueness', the quartet reveal themselves to be good songwriters who don't have too far to jump to be even better ones.

The melancholy, the yearning and the sense of drama you've heard before - calling a song '1981' era stamps the music as never intended - but they're memorable enough to say that the sound can only but evolve.

'Windmill Talent', 'No Room', 'Sixteen' and '1981' are as good as anything those - to borrow one of their own song titles - 'Lost in a Scene' can come up with, and The Flaws have enough to make sure they don't suffer the same fate.

Album number two should be even more interesting, and, hopefully, will emerge sooner rather than later. With 10 songs.

Harry Guerin