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Songs For Imaginative People [Amazon Exclusive Signed Edition]
Songs For Imaginative People [Amazon Exclusive Signed Edition]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning follow up album, 13 Feb 2013
Warning - this album requires an investment from the listener. On first listen, you may be unsure (certainly the initial commentator below seems to have struggled), but on second, third and following listens this record reveals itself to be a fantastically assured, confident and thrilling album.

It seems Darwin himself, with the knowing album title, anticipated and acknowledged that this sophomore album would require a more imaginative ear. However, anyone who loved, or even just liked, the debut will find a lot to like and to love in this follow up.

Like the debut the lyrics are fairly dark and melancholic but are extremely clever, there's some incredibly skilful wordplay on show - I truly feel he's one of the best lyricists in Pop. The production is satisfyingly fuller, there's a wider palate of sonic and, for sure, some of the arrangements require and demand the full attention of the ear. Ultimately, however, this is still a Darwin Deez album - and, for me, it his deepest, most personal and innovatively inspiring record to date. I am, and will continue to be, blown away by it. Superb.

Darwin Deez
Darwin Deez
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible album, 18 May 2010
This review is from: Darwin Deez (Audio CD)
Darwin Deez's recordings are mostly stripped down and kept simple and unadorned but they pulse and throb deliciously with life and a rare wit. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine anyone else with such a fondness for twisted wordplay and lyricism like Mr Deez. For instance, the bouncily infectious "Bad Day" is actually quite possibly the most mischievous missive aimed at a romantic rival, with Darwin rattling off an imaginary wish list of misfortunes that he hopes will befall his arch nemesis: "I hope that the last page of your 800 page novel is missing / I hope that it rains if you leave the window down on your red Mustang". The single "Radar Detector" meanwhile, is as lovely and sun-kissed as you can possibly get, as he sings about cruising around Los Angeles with his partner and going shopping and "fall(ing) asleep inside the mattress store".

However, it is also important to note that there is also an emotive undertow of sadness and longing in his oeuvre, rising just above the surface in songs such as the desolate "The Bomb Song", with his plaintive exhortations of "say you love me now / maybe you will say you love me now" in the chorus. And in "Deep Sea Divers" he dissects a crumbling relationship by literally depicting them both sinking down into the ocean, as he poses the heartbreaking question "little yellow fish are happy it's not so tough / would everything you wish you had be good enough?" against a beautiful backdrop of chiming guitars.

This album is by turns joyous and heart tugging, winsome and wistful, glorious and gorgeous, buoyed aloft by Deez's ear for a soaring chorus and a catchy tune, not to mention his knack for a killer couplet.

Listen To
Listen To
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, refreshing, joyful music, 23 Nov 2009
This review is from: Listen To (Audio CD)
Listening to Little Red's debut album is pure entertainment, like catching the in-house band at Arnolds whilst hanging out with Fonzie in 'Happy Days'.

`Coca Cola' is as effervescent as its subject matter, and I love the carefree soul of `It's Alright.' `So Long' is my current favourite with it's darkly desolate swooning & crooning, whilst `Stare In Love' opens up with the kind of sleazy blues groove that reminds me of The Clash. `Autumn Leaves' highlights their 4 part vocal/Beach Boys esque harmonies, mixing high school love letter lyrics with a hint of Bacharach.

A contemporary take on rock and roll?, surf-rock, pop, doo wop - not sure what you would call this sound but......who cares when it sounds this great. The feel good factor that the album generates is foremost, refreshing and exciting.

Vice And Virtue
Vice And Virtue
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible album from the most under-rated and creative band in the UK., 25 Feb 2009
This review is from: Vice And Virtue (Audio CD)
This is just an incredible album from the most under-rated and creative band in the UK. I was a big fan of the band's 2006 debut Red Thread, and therefore had very high hopes but I am honestly truly blown away by this album. The album has been produced by Dan Carey (Sly & Robbie, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand) and it has a beautifully warm and expansive sound with some lovely electronic touches. Highlights are many but include Lullaby, Runaway Town and I Don't Want To Be A Part to which all three, for me, best capture the album's air of longing.

As always with Keith it is quite impossible to categorize their music - in fact, the one unifying element in their sound is the lack of easily identifiable styles. They do, however, seem to touch effortlessly on Mancunian reference points without being backwards-looking or reverential; it's there in the Morrissey-esque twang in the vocals, the echoes of Joy Division-era Hooky in the insistent bass, and the references to A Certain Ratio's proto-house drumming in the intricate beats. But there's more there too: Krautrock, Afrobeat, jazz and electronica all bubble up in Keith's mix.

I hope they gain a wider audience - they deserve it.

Like Drawing Blood
Like Drawing Blood
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding!, 5 Aug 2008
This review is from: Like Drawing Blood (Audio CD)
Gotye is from Australia (via Belgium) and is a one-man indie success story over there. Apparently he acted as his own manager, plugger and record label while working in a library by day and then got a fantastic response upon release there . He has subsequently won a plethora of prestigious awards including both the Australian equivalent of the Mercury Music Award (the AMP) and a BRIT Award (the ARIA for Best Male Artist), in 2007.

First single `Hearts A Mess' soars and swells into an orchestral gem with an outstanding vocal performance. `Coming Back' exhibits the signature Gotye method of conjuring a kind of filmic atmosphere while weaving in his own tale of heartache. `Learnalilgivinanlovin' weaves brass samples into Gotye's Motown-esque vocal harmonies to super-catchy effect. `Puzzle With A Piece Missing' is all echoed snares, rim shots and reggae horns `The Only Thing I Know' is a melody of stadium-sized proportions. Whilst `Night Drive's evocative balmy Miami percussion links Gotye to all the other creatively minded 80's babies that are delving into their childhood memories of radio pop to reforge a sound for the 00s.

A superb album, it deserves to do very well.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A emotive and classy album, 14 Feb 2008
This review is from: SEXUALITY (Audio CD)
This album is absolutely fantastic. I've admittedly been a fan of Monsieur Tellier ever since "La Ritournelle" first graced my ears a few years ago, but now he's delivered his masterpiece with this albums worth of fantastic songs! It's been produced by Daft Punk's own Guy-Manuel De Homem Christo so it's got that way sexy French electro touch to it whilst retaining Tellier's touch of fragility. With this album Tellier's gone from making super cinematic, lush orchestral pop music to achingly romantic, retro-futuristic electronic pop complete with ooahs and aahs dripping in synths and body heat. The best sonic aphrodisiac you'll find all year!
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