- Audio CD (25 Feb. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- Label: Rough Trade
- ASIN: B00AE1VXD8
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Debut studio album from the indie rock band from London. Released following the success of debut single 'Best of Friends', the album also features the band's second single 'Step Up for the Cool Cats' and eight further brand new songs.
While there are few things quite so frustrating for a pop band as being perpetual also-rans, being the next big thing carries its burdens too.
Palma Violets are poised to break through courtesy of their incendiary but somewhat unsteady live shows. These ooze the off-the-wall unpredictability of The Libertines, the power of early Clash and an understanding that great music almost always requires great melodies.
Yet lassoing this magic in the studio is a different matter entirely. So many have tried, so many have failed.
But as if to show just how multi-tasking this south London quartet can be, 180 – titled after their studio, but there’s a handy darts reference there, too – captures the heroic joy of those shows, yet sounds surprisingly little like them.
Instead, with main producer Steve Mackey (of Pulp) preferring accessibility over credibility, in the studio Palma Violets jettison their ramshackle live side almost completely.
Taking their cue from the first Glasvegas album, they drape these tunes in layers of Phil Spector-style echo and allow guitarist Sam Fryer or bassist Chilli Jesson, perhaps the Strummer/Jones of this generation, to add surprisingly tender vocal croons.
Although Rattlesnake Highway overdoes the bog-standard rock mythology and I Found Love betrays a hitherto undetectable sloppiness, there’s barely a misstep.
There’s gruff but earnest longing to their debut single Best of Friends that shows they can be vulnerable (albeit with a Jesus and Mary Chain type insouciance) as much as swaggering. Step Up for the Cool Cats twangs like Gene Vincent, utilises Inspiral Carpets-style keyboards and still sounds like 2013.
Meanwhile, the closing 14 (there’s a hidden extra track, the not entirely accurately titled New Song) shows that when they expand their musical palette, go for broke and attempt an epic, they succeed with more aplomb than might be expected from ones so green.
With the ceaselessly inventive, engagingly cocksure 180, Palma Violets have given themselves a base to build a career, should they be in it for the long haul. If they continue to juggle studio and concert quite so brilliantly, they’ll be unstoppable. Let’s hope so.
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Top Customer Reviews
That said, I've seen these guys live and they were awesome. If they are given a bit of time to work on their material and are not surrounded by too many sycophants, the PVs will become a great band. They just aren't there yet.
I was expecting some Vaccines-esqe post punk goodness. What I got though was several songs that felt like half finished sketches with someone shouting over them. To be fair these songs often feel like they have 'potential', good playing of the instruments, interesting melodies etc, but they often seem to ramble too (strange as most are actually quite short so should feel more 'pithy').
Worst of all is the 'hidden' 12th track (essentially part of the last real track) this dreadful ditty, which I assume is called 'New Song', is puerile at best and is an ill advised way to close any album - let alone one where you have been willing things to get better ... and they never quite do!
I have a feeling this will, quite soon, be a great band - and they are probably already enthralling live - however this first full album didn't really do it for me.
Best Friend, is best song on album, however there is more great songs, Step up for the cool cats is brilliant. all the garden birds, rattlesnake highway, final track on album 14, 8 mins long with two songs in it is perfection. Buy it, get it on and turn it up.
Interesting 1st effort but my advice is try before you buy. Oh and Clash fans don't buy it thinking you'll get something Clash like. The comparison to one of this country's finest ever bands totally bemuses me. 3/5
Upon hearing their debut album 180, the sound of a new musical revolution is not the sound which comes to my ears. In the case of a number of the songs, the band sound like they're playing a decent riff they've thought up but then about halfway through playing, they aren't sure where they're going to go with it so they just go off on a tangent and improvise, hoping for the best. A lot of the songs don't have any "wow!" factor or hooks, they're just...there. There's also the factor of this hardly being something we haven't heard before: A Garage Rock type band that thrashes out a few simple chords.
That said, the album isn't the worst debut record to come out. We Found Love is a nice, melodic baggy-esque number with a good chorus and pleasant guitar parts. Chicken Dippers makes cool use of the slow-quiet/fast-loud dynamic and I can imagine it being a live favourite. You can feel the energy when you hear Johnny Bagga Donuts.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a descent album but not the best a lot of the songs sound the same and I found them a bit boring after a few listens and I do like my music. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gaz
Liked a couple of tracms and played it twice. Would have sat on the shelf but friend heard it and liked it so gave as a giftPublished 21 months ago by Kevin Hynes
Played regularly in my car! First heard some of these songs from summer festivals and am not disappointed with purchase. Well worth a listen!Published 23 months ago by Wendy Coutts
Bought this album for a yonger person just getting into vinyl, he loved the band so thought he would love the vinyl version, and he did. Great purchasePublished 24 months ago by miss helen l clough
i saw these guys at reading they were pretty good so bought their album.
Shades of echo and the buunymen and certainly the clash
Surely these are the next big... Read more
there have been many album releases this year - both debuts and comebacks - but i'd say this one trumps them all. 180 is such a solid debut album for a really promising band. Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2013 by india