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Show Your Bones
Show Your Bones
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4.0 out of 5 stars An adventurous delight, 27 May 2009
This review is from: Show Your Bones (Audio CD)
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs keep pushing themselves further with their second album. Whereas most bands would take the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' mantra to producing their follow-ups, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs instead push their boundaries.

The result is an album that twists and turns so much that you never know where each track is going, or where the next track's going to take you. From the light, poppy Gold Lion, Cheated Hearts and Honeybear, to the grungy Phenomena and Fancy, to slower moments (well, until the drums kick in anyway) The Sweets and Warrior, to the absolutely manic Mysteries, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs prove that they are not afraid to brave new areas. Although the lyrics are slightly repetitive, the melodies and song structures are sublime.

Highlights include the infectious Cheated Hearts, the grunged out Fancy and the slow burning The Sweets. The lullaby-like Dudley and the slightly bittersweet Honeybear do let the album down slightly, but ultimately his album showcases the Yeah Yeah Yeahs talents brilliantly and leaves you thinking where else they can take you. This is one musical journey you don't want to end.


I Created Disco
I Created Disco
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Created.... Boring Tracks, 15 Jan. 2008
This review is from: I Created Disco (Audio CD)
Calvin Harris arguably produced one of the best dance tunes of 2007 with 'Acceptable In The 80s'. With its very retro synth lines, catchy vocal hook and commercial appeal, the track caught the imagination of the nation. The debut album, therefore, was expected to continue that trend.

What we get, however, is dull electro trash that is as pointless as it is boring, with tracks that lack little imagination and substance. The album starts well with the catchy, funky 'Merrymaking At My Place', but it all goes slowly downhill from there. 'Colours' starts well but ends up going round in a boring loop, and the same can be said for 'The Industry', 'Traffic Cops' and the abysmal 'Electro Man'.

There are flashes of brilliance - the well thought out and produced title track 'I Created Disco' and the funky 'Disco Heat' with it's disco inspired guitar hooks spring to mind. But even these can't detract from the feel of the album being full of fillers, tracks that start well but end up going nowhere. And ironically it's a track that sounds like an edgier version of Acceptable In The 80s 'Vegas' that is the highlight of the album.

'Acceptable In The 80s' set such a high benchmark - it's disappointing that 'I Created Disco' falls way short.


Cross
Cross

5.0 out of 5 stars Worship at the alter of Justice, 7 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Cross (Audio CD)
Justice are a duo of electronic music producers hailing from Paris. They struck gold in 2006 with their collaboration with Simian on 'We Are Your Friends' and now return with their first studio album.

Cross is a frenetic journey into electronica, with a sound not too dissimilar to that of their compatriots Daft Punk. The album combines vocal electronica (such as 'D.A.N.C.E.', 'The Party' and 'DVNO') with dark melecholic moments ('Stress', 'Waters of Nazereth') and some distinctily French upbeat electro for good measure ('New Jack, 'Genesis', 'The Phantom pts 1 & 2').

The whole album drives from its name and has a distinct gothic Christian/sub-religious sound with organs and bible moments throughout. If everyone worshipped at the church of electro, this would be the soundtrack.

Standout tracks are 'Genesis', 'Phantom Pt 2', 'Stress' and 'Waters of Nazereth'


Oblivion With Bells
Oblivion With Bells
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful oblivion, 7 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Oblivion With Bells (Audio CD)
Underworld return with their first studio album proper for 5 years, and boy was it worth the wait.

If A Hundred Days Off was a slight disappointment - sounding as if it was trying to re-live the good old glory days - Underworld certainly make up for it with Oblivion With Bells. Underworld have gone back to the drawing board, progressed their sound and have come up with their most innovative, melodic sound to date.

Highlights of the album are 'Crocodile' (a funky guitar hook over synths and Karl Hyde's distinct vocal), 'Holding The Moth (a dark, brooding track that turns into a piano tinged fest at the end), 'Boy Boy Boy' (excellent vocals overtop rock tinged guitars and drums) and 'Best Mamgu Ever' (a floating piano riff layered with broken vocals and sweeping synths, giving it a trance-like feel). 'Ring Road' is love or hate, but give it a try - the vocals are spot on and there is a drum pattern to die for.

However the absolute standout of the album is 'Beautiful Burnout' - robotic vocals brood over a broken drum beat, building up with accoustic guitars and a synth led 2 note riff until the track breaks down and is replaced by signature Underworld stabbing drums. Just excellent, and possibly the best Underworld production ever.


Human After All
Human After All
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They're only human - after all, 26 Oct. 2005
This review is from: Human After All (Audio CD)
After waiting for four years, Daft Punk finally deliver their new album after only 6 weeks production time. Whilst not quite as underground as 'Homework' and nowhere near as commercial as 'Discovery', Daft Punk bridge the two with 'Human After All'.
Gone are the pop vocal hooks that awashed 'Discovery' and in come futuristic, techno loops and sound effects. 'Human After All' seems to follow the same philosophy as their debut - take one idea for a track and roll with it. On tracks such as the title track, 'Robot Rock', the pounding, almost techno workout 'The Brainwasher' and 'Technologic' this works extremely well, and you know that DP are at their best. However, the concept doesn't work so well on 'Make Love', which goes on for 3 minutes longer than it should, and the mediocre end track 'Emotion', which feels like it was produced in a matter of hours. Even though the stronger tracks far outweigh the weaker ones, the repetitive nature of the tracks can get tedious and may have you switching off. However, this also works to the album's advantage - when the loops work you will find yourself wanting to listen again and again.
Fans of Discovery may hate this album. If you're looking for more of the same then steer well clear. However, DP have never been consistent with the sound of their albums, so if you want the freshest sounds from the most pioneering of dance acts 'Human After All' is a must.


Ego War
Ego War
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Audio Bullys deliver a 'rebellious teenger' of an album, 9 Feb. 2004
This review is from: Ego War (Audio CD)
With a mish mash of styles coming together to form a very tight and well produced album, the Audio Bullys have delivered one of the best and most original dance albums of some time. Everything is covered from house to garage, from hip-hop to dub, and not one track falls flat on its face when delivering. The solid production of each track means there are so many twists of style on this album that you really don't know what's coming next, and don't even have time to get bored. It is therefore this solid production style where the audio bullys really excel, and that sets this album out from the rest. The lyrics themselves, however, are another story.
Simon Franks, the lyricist behind many of the tracks, does indeed sound like a Mike Skinner wannabe. His impeccable delivery of the lyrics, married to whichever style the track happens to be, never fails to deliver, such as the performances on 'The Things' and 'We Don't Care'. However, the lyrics themselves often sound like they could have been taken from a short story written by a 13 year old. The two standout examples are that on '100 Million' ('But there are so many things I wanna do, mum') and 'I Go To Your House' ('Will she leave with me/Or will she leave with steve?'). Whereas The Streets deliver imaginative, thought-provoking lyrics that build a story in your head, Simon Franks often just sounds like a rebellious teenager, not really knowing which way to turn with the lyrics.
It is therefore the Bullys' non-lyrical tracks, where their production comes to the fore, that are the standout tracks on the album - tracks such as 'Real Life', 'We Don't Care', 'Face In A Cloud' and 'The Snow'. And when the Bullys' really shine is when they get the mix perfect - with lyrics that mean something and the production spot on, such as that on the aforementioned 'The Things'. And I do challenge anyone not to forget the title track 'Ego War' in a hurry, possibly the most catchy track on the album with an unforgettable instrumental and vocal hook.
All in all, 'Ego War' is a fine debut from a house act that we all shouldn't forget in a hurry. Audio Bullys have been heralded as the most exciting and original dance act to emerge since Basement Jaxx. With material like this you can understand how they have got this title. It's just a shame that the lyrics aren't up to much. With more experience, maybe the Bullys' can work on their lyrical skills, and surpass even this fantastic debut.


Airdrawndagger
Airdrawndagger

4 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sasha takes a stab in the dark - and misses, 16 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Airdrawndagger (Audio CD)
After a 10 year long wait or more, Sasha has finally delivered the album he has been promising year on year ever since 1991. What should have been an all conquering trance and progressive masterpiece has, however, turned out to be the musical equivalent of watching paint dry.
If you have enjoyed Sasha's previous singles such as 'Be As One', 'Higher Ground' and the brilliant 'Xpander' EP, then you will be thoroughly disappointed with 'Airdrawndagger'. Over an hour's worth of uninspiring, meandering electronica, where anthemic breakdowns and vocals used to be the order of the day, does not an interesting listen make.
The album starts off slowly, with 'Dremples' and 'Mr Tiddles' merging unnoticeably into each other. Take your eye off the CD player and you'd think they were the same track. In fact, there really is nothing to distinguish one track from the next, as each have the same uninvolving elctronica sound washing over them. The tedium is only briefly removed for the two 'upbeat' tracks 'Bloodlock' and 'Golden Arm', but on the whole 'Airdrawndagger' proves to be uninspiring.
'Airdrawndagger' is an album that tries to be different. Therein lies the problem - Sasha has tried too hard with it. In his brave attempt at trying to do something different, Sasha has neglected the uniqueness that made his productions noticeable in the first place. This album is forgettable after the first listen which is a real shame - Sasha could have done a lot more with 'Airdrawndagger' based on his past productions. Let's hope that, soon, he can release something that will really show us what we all know he's capable of.


The Un-Calculated Some
The Un-Calculated Some
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Price: £1.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un-Cut fuse together a brilliant album, 10 Nov. 2003
This review is from: The Un-Calculated Some (Audio CD)
With a fusion of styles mixed together to suit any musical taste going, Un-Cut's debut album is by far one of the classics of this year.
Styles on this album are meshed together superbly with Jenna G's vocals gliding effortlessly over 11 stunning tracks. Everything from drum n bass and r n b through to funk, jazz and reggea is represented.
Standout tracks include the lead single 'Midnight', a superb example to the current state of drum n bass - harking back to vocals and real instruments, 'Fallin', a fantastic r n b track that sounds very similar to a certain Lauren Hill, and the fantastic ballad 'Loveless' which should strike a chord with even the most stone of hearts.
Whilst not introducing anything new, 'The Un-Calculated Some' is a homage to everything that has shaped and influenced dance music, and should work well in any CD collection. Not strictly dance, but not strictly downbeat either, 'The Un-Calculated Some' treads a line that most dance albums have failed in the past - a good, solid dance influenced album that will work well wherever it is played.


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