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Let The Blind
Let The Blind
Price: 8.02

0 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plodding, 25 Mar 2008
This review is from: Let The Blind (Audio CD)
Not as good as the reviews in the music press would have you believe. It's quite pedestrian and if you stripped away the effects and experimentalism, you'd be left with some vague plodders. My overwhelming impression was "this guy cannot write a tune". But you have to have more than a willingness to be leftfield.
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Sea Of The Dying Dhow
Sea Of The Dying Dhow

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fruity, 13 Feb 2008
This review is from: Sea Of The Dying Dhow (Audio CD)
I've seen *shels described as postmetal, metalcore, postrock and a million other things. For mine, they are at the metal end of postrock, with some nice metally vocals tossed in. You'd probably consider them a bit more proggy than the likes of Godspeed, but rather less arty than Isis. There's a lot more lyricism than bludgeoning riffs, but the power's there if that's what you like.

A lot of music in this space strives for the monumental. Bands like Cult of Luna and Callisto want to overwhelm you. But *shels are a lot more, well, fruity. Their palate is a lot broader and they're all the better for it. On a couple of the longer tracks, The conference of the birds and In dead palm fields in particular, they really hit the highs, but the menace is controlled, never losing their grip on the lovely melodies that distinguish them from the crowd (although each has some belting heavy stretches). This would definitely appeal to fans of Isis (particularly those who aren't so keen on the doomy growling) but also to postrockers who are willing to go a few steps heavier, particularly those who enjoy the shifting dynamics of Godspeed.

All Is Violent All Is Bright
All Is Violent All Is Bright

8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mogwai meets Jean Michel Jarre, 13 Feb 2008
In most types of music, you have a leading edge, which does exciting and innovative things, and you have a body of groups that make music in the same vein. Some of those groups tone down the excitement, as it were, by smoothing out the edges of the music. This is one of those groups.

I imagine there is a market for this and possibly you're part of that market. If you find some postrock just a bit too heavy or abstract, this is for you. It's a lot like Mogwai meets Jean Michel Jarre. I'm not kidding. If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, you'll enjoy this. It's not horribly bad (and the two stars are sort of two to three, depending how I am feeling) but it doesn't rock. It plods. It plods nicely, but it doesn't take off. It's quite shoegazey, but it's not My Bloody Valentine. There's no edge. It's more Slowdive. With more Enya. I see this record linked to from a lot of heavier records -- even stuff like Isis and Pelican. But this is a million miles from that. It's a lot less furrowed brow, a lot more nice cup of tea and a biccy. You could probably meditate to it. See, if you are part of the market for this, that will sound very appealing. If not, you'll be suitably put off.
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Enjoy Eternal Bliss
Enjoy Eternal Bliss
Offered by MEGA Media FBA
Price: 13.55

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Postrock by the numbers, 13 Feb 2008
This review is from: Enjoy Eternal Bliss (Audio CD)
You know, if you're into the usual postrock icon bands: Godspeed, Mogwai, Explosions, you'll really want to like this. And maybe you will like it a lot. It's possible. But it's not mindblowing, nothing new, just postrock by the numbers. Don't expect anything else. That's not to say it's not enjoyable, or that it isn't worthwhile. Most genres are stuffed full of bands who just do what everyone else does, and that's okay. It's why you'll want to like this. There's a fair bit of each of the big postrock bands in it: some martial drumming, some lyrical passages, buildups to the big atmospheric payoff, tinkling vibes. But you may just catch yourself yawning towards the end of one of these tracks, because exciting it ain't.

Bleak Epiphanies in Slow Motion
Bleak Epiphanies in Slow Motion

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boom!, 13 Feb 2008
Probably the best way to describe little-known bands is to pick the better-known band they are most like and explain how they are different. So I'll do that.

It's like someone listened to Pelican and went, dude, that's not heavy enough, let's ten times the heavy and see what we have. What we have is music that will take the paint off your walls. Not that Latitudes sacrifice melody or nuance.

Well okay. Nuance is a bit in short supply. But the music is not unsatisfying. It's just more something to chew on than to sip like fine wine. Robust. Although it's fairly progressive, you're likely to come away from the first listen a bit weak at the knees. It's not really comparable with Isis, at least not later Isis, because the indie sensibility that has gradually shifted Isis away from metal and towards postrock is missing. Latitudes rock hard and you'll feel rocked by it. If you like that feeling, that you've been worked over by a record (and I do), you'll love this.

This Will Destroy You
This Will Destroy You
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Price: 11.17

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Explodes, 12 Feb 2008
This review is from: This Will Destroy You (Audio CD)
So you come from Texas, and you make postrock. You're going to be compared with Explosions in the Sky. The question then is, how well do you compare?

On their first effort, Young Mountain, TWDY didn't compare all that well. For all the praise that minialbum received, it was fairly workaday postrock. It didn't have that whoah there go the hairs on my neck thing going on.

This does.

TWDY do not simply plough the quiet-loud furrow. Several of the songs here are meditative, tranquil and deep. Rather than always aim at the soaring crescendos beloved of postrockers, they build moods. And where on Young Mountain, they sometimes missed, and ended up in a mire of postrock cliche, here they hit the heights. They've been compared with Sigur Ros and I think moodwise, they're getting close. Nothing here has quite the impact of Von from Heim, but there's some deeply moving stuff on here. If you love Mono, EITS, the more ambient Mogwai, this is your new favourite record.
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The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is A Train
The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is A Train
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Price: 15.61

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whitey at the end of the tunnel, 16 Aug 2005
I wouldn't want to share Whitey's nightmares if this magnificently gloomy and paranoid album is their soundtrack. A winning collision of powerchords and juddering synths, powered by drums that you wouldn't want to meet down a dark alley, Light at the end...'s simple templates pulse and throb with feeling. There are echoes of early Chemical Brothers and even Manitoba but those are tempered by a pop sensibility that makes Whitey's dark epics singalongable and will, I promise you, have you tapping your toes, if not dancing.

The Raincoats - Raincoats, The CD
The Raincoats - Raincoats, The CD
Price: 29.99

7 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rain, rain go away, 16 Aug 2005
What the Amazon reviewer forgot to mention is that it's entirely unlistenable. It sounds like a small pack of angry children are fighting outside a school-age band's first rehearsal. Would have been entirely forgotten had Cobain not tipped them, as though he was any judge.
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Room On Fire
Room On Fire
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Price: 5.36

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Second's out, 28 Oct 2003
This review is from: Room On Fire (Audio CD)
Does the world need another Strokes album? Well yes, but probably not this one. For reasons unknown, the Strokes have become the Dandy Warhols, without the lyrics (tip for anyone else considering a lyric sheet - if your words are *this* pisspoor, retain the mystery).
The sound's the same but the thrill and punch of Can't explain or Last nite, which haven't died despite their having been flogged to death on the radio, have disappeared. They sound like nothing so much as another band doing the Strokes.
To me this is proof, if any were needed, of the second album thesis I read, I think, in the Observer. The first album is the one you dreamed of as a kid, the one you wrote the lyrics for in your biology classes, the one whose riffs you worked on in your bedroom. The second is the one you wrote when touring the first. Your connection to reality has gone, your material is limited because your world has shrunk to bus, dressing room, hotel, and because where once you were just whoever, now you're adulated.
Of course, it doesn't always work. There are great second albums. Morning glory springs to mind. Power, corruption and lies. Closer. Sometimes a band matures and begins to really find its feet.
But that hasn't happened with the Strokes.

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