Now, I utterly and madly love Noah and The Whale. Charlie Fink is a great song writer and singer. Their 2009 album First Days of Spring [Spotify Link] was a masterpiece, taking breakup albums to an entirely new level. But sure, it did have some blatant inspirations, strong hints of Sigur Rós, Low and in this one; Joy Division:
Blue Skies - Noah and the Whale
None of it was theft, in fact one could argue that they were very good exempels of how one should do when showing off inspiration without killing your inner muse.
So, then this happens:
First, we have the theft from "Lola" by the Kinks. You go: "well it's not that long, just most of the verse, then it goes in a different direction so maybe that's ok..." Unfortunately it goes in this direction:
This is probably the most blatant song theft I've heard in recent times. Or would you argue it's a hommage to Tom Petty and/or The Kinks? Where do we draw the line between what's cool and what's shameful? I'd say somewhere between the two Noah and The Whale songs "Blue Skies" and "L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N". In conclusion I guess I should thank Charlie Fink and his merry band for this ruler. And then hit him over the knuckles with it. Shame on you. S.H.A.M.E.O.N.Y.O.U