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Liquid Love [Import]

Shy Child Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Jan 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Liberation Aus/Zoom
  • ASIN: B0038AXS7Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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BBC Review

Noise Won’t Stop proclaimed the title of Shy Child’s 2007 album, a sonic assault of hyper-charged, barely controlled electro passion that broke the Brooklyn duo in the UK. The noise, as such, hasn’t stopped for its follow-up – but calling it noise seems at the very least inappropriate, if not downright offensive.

Gone is the raucous nu-rave frenzy of Drop the Phone and Pressure to Come, with their urgent yelps and scattergun rhythms. The beast, it seems, has been tamed, and it’s grown up and left the dingy punk basement for the shiny synth-pop cocktail bar above.

Some fans might mutter that Pete Cafarella and Nate Smith have gone soft, and they’ll go out and buy the latest Enter Shikari offering instead. Which would be a shame (though obviously not for Enter Shikari) because, after a few listens, they might have found themselves growing as attached to this indefinable chunk of retro wonder as they are to its older brother.

Press play and you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve mixed up your records, for the first thing you hear is Fleetwood Mac – the floating intro from Little Lies opens the title track. It’s a bold statement of intent, heralding an album where the sounds of the 70s and 80s, from Hall & Oates melodies to Motown, are honoured guests.

In the main, it works. The Beatles, a blissful disco anthem that high-fives funk, is worth the cover price alone, while the opener’s mélange of Electronic’s twinkling keyboard riffs and Groove Armada basslines is lushly offset by its ‘Mac borrowings. Take Us Apart, with its buoyant multi-layered synths, is a glorious nostalgia fest, evoking all those Giorgio Moroder-penned Brat Pack movie soundtracks (shame the lyrics do, too). Criss Cross, on the other hand, is a great three-minute pop song – but it lasts for over seven.

Liquid Love is undoubtedly impressive, well-honed and slickly produced, and it’s shot through with a glowing joie de vivre. But it’s too smoothed and tidied. We don’t need unhinged fervour and barking fury all the time, but a little contained chaos here and there – a little of their erstwhile noise – and it would be an album to fall head over heels with. --Alix Buscovic

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Genuie Surprise! 10 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
I bought into the hype for Noise Wont Stop and while it was enjoyable it was lacking a bit of fun.

Having read NMEs pretty scathing review of this album I almost ignored it completely but managed to get a copy for very cheap and I have to say thank God I ignored NME in the end. This album is FUN! It may be a little camp and it may sound a little lazy to some but I really enjoy it. Open Up The Sky is fantastic.

If you like your synthy music to be a little more tunefull than in your face then this shouldnt disappoint.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Small Pleasures 2 April 2010
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Shy Child are a pair of New York based minstrels : Pete Cafarella who
sings and plays synths and Nate Smith who provides all the beats.

Their new album 'Liquid Love' is a neat little package of sparkly
electro-pop which manages to be funky and frivolous in equal measure.

The ten tracks in this collection will certainly not set the listening world
ablaze but there is more than enough here to make us dance and smile.

Now here's a thing. I never (ever!) liked the Bee Gees but Shy Child's vocal
arrangements are more than a little redolent of the terrible-three's style.
Falsetto harmonies have always made me more than a little nervous but Mr Cafarella
managed to convince me that there might still be some mileage in the continuance
of this dubious musical tradition. (We must assume, of course, that his high voice
is naturally, rather than surgically, determined!) The formula works well.

The melodies are, in the main, charming and the beats propel the action
forever forward in a largely predictable but pleasing fashion.
In fact there is very little in this jaunty confection which might offend!

I particularly enjoyed opening (and title) track 'Liquid Love' which bounces
along happily like a naughty puppy, sniffing every tree and lamppost it finds
its nose in front of (If you like Sam Sparro you'll almost certainly like this too)
and 'The Beatles', which is (sort-of) about The Beatles but doesn't sound like
The Beatles at all. (It's not like The Bee Gees either, thank goodness!) It's got
a good tune all of its own and I may have danced to it spontaneously when
Mrs Wolf left the room to prepare supper!
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5.0 out of 5 stars totally under-rated first-class album 9 May 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I loved the original, stripped down sound of Shy Child's last album, and so the highly polished pop sound of this one came as a bit of a shock - but after a single listen I was grabbed. For a start, every song on the album is so catchy that having played it just twice it replayed in my head constantly for a week! Luckily this just allowed me to appreciate its depth. I can't understand how some reviewers see this album as superficial - as in their classic single 'Summer' on the last album, their enigmatic but evocative lyrics and their sound are both bitter-sweet and poignant, combining a determination to appreciate life to the full with an awareness of the inescapable pain and alienation of our lives. In fact, I find their music so emotional that the beauty and upbeat danceability of it is a neccessary antidote to the seriousness of their messages.

Perhaps the album is a little over-produced - when they finally did a track (Criss Cross) that sounded more like their previous album it was great to hear their unique, special sound again - but this also reminded me of how boring it might have become if they had not branched out into different musical forms. While I still love their last album, this album is more musically mature and accomplished, with a very even quality throughout.

There is so much truly superficial indie pop around just now it seems very sad to me that a band that have managed to use familiar accessible formats to deliver profound songs have not met with more acclaim. I had started to think that I didn't like pop music but they have reminded me that Motown, the Beatles, Daft Punk, arguably Mozart, all understood the value of high quality pop songs. They have shown wirh their earlier work they can be innovative and experimental, but now have shown that they have also mastered their medium and can change styles. Thye are good looking and cool. What more do they need to do to be properly appreciated?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 to be exact. :) 14 Aug 2012
By daftchild89 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I came upon this album randomly when i was looking for some new bands that sounded like Tigercity. This band doesn't sound too much like Tigercity but nontheless they are just as good. I'm not a fan of their last 2 albums. Maybe just a couple songs from them but this album is a different story. Its right up my alley. I'm a big fan of synthpop and new wavey music. This album is great from start to finish, with the exception of 2 songs ("open up the sky" &"depth of feel"). Idk but i just couldnt get into them. My favorite tracks would be "Liquid love","ESP", "Disconnected","strange emotion" & "dark destiny". So if your into 80s sounding synthpop this album is for you. :) enjoy the music.
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