Like The Script before them, Dublin four-piece Kodaline laboured as a boy band before smelling the Coldplay-endorsed Fairtrade coffee and developing a seriousness befitting their global ambitions. Their similarities with Danny O’Donoghue’s chart-wrecking crew and Chris Martin’s folk mass rockers don’t end there – Kodaline think big and while there's nothing wrong with that, their bigness all too often sounds like a cynical exercise in market-researched, one-sigh fits all sincerity.There are atmospheric flickers of Edge-lite guitar here and there, meaningful Coldplay chord progressions there, and Stephen Garrigan’s impressive falsetto is echoed by manly whoo-oos nearly everywhere. One Day has the build, surge and release default setting that has had a stranglehold on polite rock/pop for the past decade; the heartbroken caress of All I Want remains their best song and a fine calling card; mandolin and harmonica thumper Love Like This is aimed at the dread Mumford/Lumineers market, and The Killers posse are catered for on the widescreen, melodic sweep of Brand New Day, except that it’s better than anything The Killers have done on their last two albums. There’s no doubting Kodaline’s talent but it would have been a better move, both commercially and creatively, to let them develop at their own pace. As it is, rarely has real emotion been so scoured of its visceral impact.

Alan Corr