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Voices Of Animals And Men
Voices Of Animals And Men
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The decision you'll never regret, 2 Nov. 2006
I'm usually rather cautious when I've looked forward to an album for so long that I'll be disappointed to find, as so often in the past, a couple of singles, two or three decent enough songs, six fillers and a 'meaningful' closing ballad. Something about the Young Knives made me much more optimistic, and wasn't I just right to be.

Based in Oxford and dressed by Oxfam, I am stunned into endless euphemism by these marvellous three kings of English indie-pop.

English is a word that will be used in just about every review of these boys and their work, and it's not hard to hear why. It travels effortlessly between wit, whimsy and wallop. It makes you dream of bunking off work on a hot-hot summer (Weekends and Bleakdays), laying in a corn field dressed in tweed and drinking scrumpy. "The Decision" is a delicious, ingenious piece of insanity that teaches you how, when all else fails, you can still be the Prince of Wales. And there's still time for a fight with your girlfriends dad under the security lights, thanks to the raucous anthem "She's Attracted To". "Coastguard" is dark and clever, and you can feel the unfluence of Gang of Four's Andy Gill who produced the album. "Loughborough Suicide", despite it's deseperate subject matter is one of the most uplifting songs I've ever heard, like when you felt joy at how damn good the Smiths were at despondency. The lyric "I will never go down fighting" has been in my head for a month.

The Knives are sharp, and their music is too. It's uplifting to know that amidst the pompous herion-chic look-at-me-what-a-rock-star-I-am bands bloating the music scene these days with their inspid mewlings, someone like the Young Knives can knock out a piece of perfect pop in brown corduroy and still get down the Dog and Duck for a real ale and a game of dominoes before Pete Doherty has even arrived for his court appearance.

The Back Room
The Back Room
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10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars cut from a different cloth, 6 Oct. 2005
This review is from: The Back Room (Audio CD)
To liken Editors to say, Interpol or Joy Division, is to display a paucity of imagination and comprehension. If you want to be technical about it, all music is derivitive, as is literature. Stop wasting our time with endless name dropping. Your reviews are equally as derivative.
Editors should be valued for what their music gives to you. And what I got from Editors was a chill down the spine. They are fantastic musicians, fusing sombre themes with sweeping melodies, producing a sublime, often cavernous landscape of sound.
You'll find it hard to pick apart this knot of pleasure. The astonishing quality of the vocals deliver clever catchphrases sometimes with repetition, driving them deep into your mind where they echo sweetly.
And yes it's one of those albums where you find yourself helplessly recalling a hook or a catch or a lyric just before bed time and when you listen to it again (and again and again) you feel almost ashamed that its brilliance could have escaped your concious attention the first time. Only the weak "Someone Says" stopped this earning five stars from me. But don't worry, the other ten tracks form a provocative masterpiece, an utter joy.

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