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Myths Of The Near Future
Myths Of The Near Future
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Price: £2.96

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mish mash, 16 Oct. 2007
Now distancing themselves from the "nu rave" scene that they invented with their management, a Mercury Music prize sitting on their shelf, how good is this record?

It's actually not a bad record at all. Some moments on this album are very good - single Golden Skanz for example. But for a band that promised something so fresh and so new, I expected more. Despite the electronic noises and supposed rave-like progressions, nothing can disguise the fact that Klaxons are, first and foremost, a guitar band.

"There doesn't seem to be much fun in music at the moment. Rave is something that's bright, attractive to the eye." said bassist and singer Jamie Reynolds in 2006, but there's not enough fun and too much hype in this record for me to give it a better rating.

Up All Night
Up All Night
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Goldie lookin' touch, 18 Feb. 2005
This review is from: Up All Night (Audio CD)
(I'd actually give it 2.5 stars if I could.) Not bad, but nowhere near as good as many say. Gets more disappointing after several listens. Admittedly 'Golden Touch' is a good song, but even that pales in comparison to anything current major-league indie contemporaries Franz Ferdinand have put their name to. For me, there isn't enough quirk to separate them from being a band in the right place at the right time, with the right riffs and trousers.
If you like your music with added hype, spend your money on Bloc Party's album instead. At least it lives up to most of it.

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The latest contender, 9 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Franz Ferdinand (Audio CD)
Franz Ferdinand, eh? The latest contender? Detractors can easily highlight their similarity to a number of late-70s/early 80s new-wavebands, and perhaps even some more modern-day bands. Franz Ferdinand nonetheless have a great understanding of what makes a damn fine tune, and this album contains many infectious ones—the excellent “Take Me Out” being only one example. I found myself singing along loudly with “This Fire” on first listen. There are enough guitar hooks, bouncy basslines, and above all, tunes to keep all but the most cynical music fan happy. “Franz Ferdinand” is perhaps a spiritual successor to “Is this it” —if only for the fact that it draws on influences from a similar era, and could represent another well-needed shot in the arm for guitar music. I am not one to be too patriotic, but it is great to know that this time the record originates from this side of the Atlantic. Will you surrender? I think many of us will.

The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosions indeed, 24 Dec. 2003
Mentioning Explosions In The Sky in the same breath as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Mogwai, perhaps the two most well-known exponents of (mostly) instrumental rock music, is common practice for journos, reviewers, and complete amateurs like myself. I would gather this comparison is something of a mixed blessing for this excellent Texan outfit. In some ways it helps turn people on to their music, and fans of such bands will no doubt find something to love in Explosions In The Sky. However, I believe this record will also appeal to a broader range of music fans.
Having stumbled across the excellent “Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever”, I was in some way both prepared for, and very much looking forward to Explosions In The Sky’s next album. This record had a lot to live up to, and I am glad to say it has. Perhaps more subtle, and certainly less rocky than “Those Who…”, this new album is also a step forward for Explosions In The Sky. It sounds breathtaking: beautiful melodies, unforced build-ups, and chiming guitars. It proves guitars, bass, and drums can still be used to create something fresh if put together well enough. No-one is likely to want to switch the stereo off and check the window to see if the world really has ended, but this record is still emotional. Explosions In The Sky sound like a band enjoying themeselves as everything around them goes up in smoke. The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place after all.

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