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Got What We Want
Got What We Want
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoy the sights, 12 May 2004
This review is from: Got What We Want (Audio CD)
First things first: I love this album. I admit it, this isn't going to be one of those finely-crafted objective reviews which are really useful to tehir reader. This is just me telling you why you should love this album.
The Sights, for better or worse, largely escaped last year's 'New Rock Revolution' and its accompanying hype. That's not to say that they don't sit comfortably alongside the massed ranks of 'The' bands, just that they might be considered a little more obscure than some of their contemporaries. But who cares? With music this uplifting and well-arranged, publicity-grabbing bands like Razorlight can go to the back of the class.
This album is a fantastic mix of love-struck bounciness ('Sweet Little Woman'), randy bitchiness ('Got What I Want'), post break-up vengefulness ('Don't Want You Back') and traditional nine-to-five workin' man blues ('Sick and Tired'). Basically, it covers every garage rock base available. This isn't a bad thing: the universally excellent musicianship and determined retro sensibilities bind the album into a whole.
Fun and fresh, despite its obvious roots in classic Detroit garage bands. I never get tired of hearing it.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mistreated indie genius makes dazzling bitchy comeback, 1 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Lapalco (Audio CD)
Brendan Benson: romantic, loser, casualty of the record industry and once again an indie darling shows his mettle and resolve on this wonderful album. A victim of the fickleness of his record label, Benson was dropped after the release of his first album. This decidedly lo-fi and late second effort is a testament to the resolve of an artist to make the songs he wants, and a beautiful one at that. Quite simply, Benson is one of the best songwriters around right now, and he manages to make his apparently rather pathetic and bitter existence into some of the best-crafted songs of the last 10 years. The arrangements are magnificent, simple-sounding but deceptively intricate, the lyrics show an astonishing ingenuity and bitterness that, despite their relatively quiet tones, compel you to listen. Especially check out 'Tiny Spark', 'Folk Singer', 'Good To Me', 'What' and 'Jetlag' . . . in fact, screw it, the whole album's made up of stand-out tracks. A resounding victory for the underdog.

Room On Fire
Room On Fire
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Difficult second album myth destroyed, 1 Dec. 2003
This review is from: Room On Fire (Audio CD)
Hmm. The Strokes. Leaders of the 'New Rock Revolution'. Glamorous rich kids. Stereotypes, immediate cliches of the New York wannabe boho lifestyle. The Strokes, it's true, are all these things. But what about the music? Well, if, like me, you adored the first album, a heartbroken and bitter statement of intent and a shining light to all us indie kids drowning in froth-pop and acoustic mumblings, you will not be disappointed. That's not to say that this is a perfect album: the production's too glossy on a couple of songs, and the songs show almost no musical progression from their first effort. However, don't despair! If you think about 'Room on Fire' as 'Is This It' part 2, rather than a separate album, if you listen to the songs, you will immediately remember why you loved The Strokes so much in the first place. The bitchy, clever, conversational lyrics; the flawless musicianship; the laconic COOLNESS that defined a New York sound are there, just as vibrant and fresh as ever. Don't be put off by the iconoclasts, the media backlash. This might not be it, but in the meantime it makes a cracking listen.

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