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Which Bitch? [VINYL]
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Always the tatty ASBO-wielding pageboy, never the groom. Or perhaps more pertinently always Northern Uproar, never Oasis. Always bassist John Hassell, never Pete Doherty. The View were never scene leaders or headline grabbers, they didn’t have it in them (they barely had it in them to walk in a straight line), but then that was the appeal; allowing them to skid recklessly along the post-Libertines slipstream, churning out whatever in the way of juvenile rock ‘n’ roll hedonism they could muster. Such a scattergun approach served them reasonably well on debut Hats Off To The Buskers, amassing clumps of moreish melody and a 6-pack of holler-along choruses beneath a generous covering of raucousness. The regrettably titled follow up, Which Bitch?, however does see The View lose a good deal of their beginners luck, some of which is entirely of their own doing as they make awkward and unnecessary attempts at maturity--the perplexing Twang-esque baggy rap of “One Off Pretender” and sub-Verve string-laden balladry of “Unexpected” really bring nothing but embarrassment. Thankfully they’ve still got some diesel in the tank and crank out carefree, wind-in-yer-hair, jaunty breezers like the La’s-esque “Temptation Dice”, feedback-drenched size-10 stomper “5Rebeccas”, Fratellis-aping “Jimmy’s Crazy Conspiracy” and accordingly explosive (if unsurprising) “Shock Horror”, which just keep the album back from the brink. --James Berry
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Thankfully, they seem to have been honing their craft and have unexpectedly come up with a remarkably assured collection of songs. Their sound has moved on from the clear guitar sound of the debut with the introduction of strings and a much subtler overall soundscape with a couple of duets thrown in. The songs are excellent as well. These range from punky indie rockers like "5 Rebbecca's" to sing along acoustic orchestral pieces like "Covers". All the things that made the debut memorable are all here but in a different kind of way. They have actually moved on and appear to have done it with remarkable ease. Credit must be given to them for sticking with producer Owen Morris who certainly seems to have a genuine affection for the band. He even co-writes one song as well as plays on a few of the songs. There's a lot of humour in these songs and it sounds as they're all having fun which can only be a good thing in the current climate.
If this is it for The View they can be proud of the two pieces of work they've produced. I've a feeling that there's more to come as they certainly have a bit more going for them than they're usually given credit for.
Here is a band who knows who they are. Jolly, rock orientated numbers are what The View is already known for, with lyrics ranging from youth partying in the same pair of jeans for days on end, to becoming a superstar within any profession. Yet, with 'Which Bitch', it is pleasantly surprising that they have found new areas to their music without comprising their old sound (which seems to be happening to too many bands as of late). Lead single '5 Rebecca's' tells the story of the band meeting 5 girls called Rebecca on a night out, and its a rocky powerful number which sets up proceedings very productively. Current single 'Shock Horror' finds the band in familar territory as well, but still it has such charm and power to have even the most reserved bouncing up in rave glory, and the lyric 'I feel sorry for you man/you've forgotten to clap your hands' should soon be a live staple.
That aside, there are new sides found here. Most predominantly a duet with Paolo Nutini on 'Covers', a terrifically sped balled incorporating sharp lyrics with a soothing yet playful tune, talking about getting their girl out of bed in the morning in a nutshell. Equally impressive is the slightly rap inspired 'One Off Pretender', with witty rap spoken lyrics spoken over a fast beat, which will remind fans of 'Skag Trendy' from the first offering.
Some ideas do not work so well, mainly the dreary and tiresome final two songs which never lead anywhere beyond scratchy acoustics and dreamy lyrics. Beyond that, the ideas new and old incorporate well into a final piece of work worthy of The View.
Still sounding quite unique and still great. Recommended.
If you can look past the excellent, bouncy lead single '5 Rebbecca's', a undeniable highlight, you'll find plenty of other good songs. 'Which Bitch?' opens up with 'Typical time', where we hear that the four lads just having fun with the accordion. Whilst there are definite shades of the old View from the debut (which is particularly notable on the second single, the light-hearted and catchy 'Shock Horror', virtually destined to become something of an instant live anthem), this one carries a few surprises, and the whole album sounds more polished, and self-ensured.
The grower that is 'One Off Pretender' becomes a very encouraging song, 'Unexpected' is simply beautiful, and possibly the best thing here, and an example of the refreshing departure from the familiar style that we came to know and love. The dramatic and orchestral 'Distant Dubloon' is another jewel, and wouldn't sound out of place at the theatre, with it's lush violins and pianos. Later on, there's even an appearance from fellow Scottish crooner Paolo Nutini on the track 'Covers', with his distinctive vocals complementing Kyle Falconer's.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just a CD & not a DVD in sight. Sending it backs just a hassle but it needs to be cleared up this has NO, or mine had NO DVD!Published 20 months ago by altera
Another great album from the Dryburgh lads. Full of great lyrics, straight from the schemes. Great DVD too, great stuff.Published on 18 Jun. 2013 by J. D.
This beautiful white vinyl sounds unbelievably good, every song. You won't regret buying this record from the best Scottish band there has ever been. The View are on firePublished on 26 Jan. 2013 by J Dog
Love The View and this album doen't let them down. Item came very quickly and was excellent value for money.Published on 24 Jan. 2013 by tt
Saw them live in a little venue in Stockholm. They were great so I decided to buy the back catalogue and have not been disappointed.Published on 11 Dec. 2012 by Hutters