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Leisure Seizure [CD]

Tom Vek Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B004WS7RIY
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. A Chore 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. We Do Nothing 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. World Of Doubt 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Seizemic 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A.P.O.L.O.G.Y. 4:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Someone Loves You 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Close Mic'ed 5:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. On A Plate 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. You Need To Work Your Heart Out 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

How many years has it been since Tom Vek released his debut album, We Have Sound? So many that the elusive Londoner even promoted the now semi-legendary record by making a cameo appearance on The O.C., the US teen drama series that's long since been consigned to "dusty box-set at the back of the shelf" status. Hence, the pertinent question: does the self-taught multi-instrumentalist still have something special to offer in the more kaleidoscopic musical climate of 2011?

The answer is a resounding yes – largely because the erstwhile Thomas Timothy Vernon-Kell still has a thrillingly singular way with rhythm. He builds these 12 songs from the beats up, adding hooky, often heavy guitar riffs, bolstering with synths that alternate between stabbing and squiggling, and then decorating with everything from Mellotron to disco zaps to New Order-style basslines. Leisure Seizure is less grungy and more gutsy than Vek's garage-recorded debut, but the presence of Marina & The Diamonds collaborator Liam Howe – who co-produces alongside Vek and DJ Tom Rixton – hasn't resulted in a glossy pop record. Aside from the hymnal, ambient Close Mic'ed, which tips its cap ever so subtly in the direction of dubstep, Leisure Seizure is a bracingly noisy affair – as committed to clattering as a toddler who's just discovered mummy's saucepan cupboard.

Those scanning for clues into the record's lengthy gestation period are unlikely to be disappointed. As well as suggestions of romantic bitterness, Vek's cryptic lyrics contain teasing hints of loneliness, world-weary resignation and crippling inertia. "We do nothing with our time…" goes the chorus of one song. However, as potentially insightful as these sound bites might be, it's also important to note that Leisure Seizure sounds fresh and fully-realised rather than excessively fussed-over or borne out of frustration. Perhaps Vek wasn't being glib when he told the NME recently: "It's necessary to be mysterious about your operations when they're a mystery to you."

So while six years is still far too long to wait for any album not auteured by one Catherine Bush of Bexleyheath, there's more than enough here to satisfy aficionados of offbeat, fiercely inventive pop music – and who knows, maybe even the musical director of Gossip Girl?

--Nick Levine

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A more creative offering 21 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
Score: 9/10

On first listen this album can pass you buy, but given repeated spins it really starts to unveil it's creativity, craft and downright cleverness. Many who are familiar with his debut 'We Have Sound' will need to show some patience to appreciate this album as Tom has spent the time away developing his sound, creating more complex melodies and bizarre sounds (like on 'Aroused' - one of my current favourites).

The music can appear lazy and has a certain languid quality - evident on the first single 'A Chore'. It took me about 5 listens to really 'get' this album, but it's worth the effort.

Tom's voice has been critisized by some music journos, but Tom Vek is not about a voice - it's an attitude, a type of music that can accompany everyday life like few others. This makes listening to the slower tracks like 'Hold Your Hand', 'We Do Nothing' 'Seizemic' on Leisure Seizure more and more pleasurable, and that's a rare quality. Tom's second album shows far more depth than his debut, which at times, sounded musically amateurish like on 'A Word In Your Ear', but there are no such moments here, even though some tracks don't feel as tight as others - but then we don't want overproduced, do we? The album cleverly picks up the pace on 'Someone Loves You', a track that needs to be played loud for maximum pleasure. A more claustrophobic feel continues on 'Close Mic'ed'. Some of the tracks really mix up styles, such as 'You Need To Work Your Heart Out' and 'A.P.O.L.O.G.Y.' which helps to keep your ears open when listening to the album in it's entirety.

This is an understated masterpiece that is actually too clever and cool for even the cool kids. A contender for album of the year.
Unmissable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No A.P.O.L.O.G.I.E.S necessary 23 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's been six long years since Tom Vek's unforgettable debut album, and fans from all over the world have expressed their appreciation by proclaiming with addict's dismay, "where am I gonna get my next fix?!". Well it's finally here, and it was worth the wait!

Some critics have dismissed 'Leisure Seizure' as being too similar to the first album. As well as being untrue, this is by no means a reason to cast it aside. 'We Have Sound' was a sublime record and my only hope for Vek's current release was that it would be even half as good! Fortunately for me, it has exceeded all expectation; It's not easy for me to admit, but I believe this new album is on a par with the first, an achievement in itself!

Not only has Tom Vek reached the same giddy heights of musical perfection as before, he's done it with a new direction and significant intrigue. The album still has the same hooks from Vek's idiosyncratic vocal style and intricate melange of instruments and synthetic sounds, but it's bolder, more contemplated in places, and leaves a new and not unpleasant taste in the mouth. There appears to be more experimentation with the electronic samples, and if you'd told me that prior to my first listen I may have been disappointed, but it works, it really works! The way the sounds, instruments, and vocal parts all interweave; from one moment to the next, complimenting, clashing and building up layers, tells of an extremely thoughtful approach...

Where has Tom Vek been for the past 6 years? Well he's clearly been in the studio!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something different... 30 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Something of the LCD Soundsystem about it, but without the arrogance. Some fantastic beats coupled with a REAL vocal - warts 'n' all. Love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr VEK returns from the wilderness 7 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
If you bought the first album, this is a no brainer,this is a must! Funky breakbeats, quirky synth, beautifully crafted songs.
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