T. Robinson

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X Marks Destination ~ The Whip
X Marks Destination ~ The Whip
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
At their best on tracks like Sirens or Sister Siam this lot are quite clearly capable of replacing the New Order-sized gap currently leaving a gaping hole in the Manchester music scene.
Alas, elsewhere on this rather underwhelming record it all gets a bit formularic and a bit 'nu-rave' which is already 2 years past its sell by date. The live DVD shows the crowd lapping this up..glowsticks aloft. But that won't last forever.

But there is definitely a lot of potential here and you really should catch one of their gig if you can.

My advice to The Whip, burn your Rapture and Klaxons LPs and listen again to the Talking Heads, OMD, New Order and ACR LPs that are… Read more
Drop It Till It Pops ~ Hot Club de Paris
Drop It Till It Pops ~ Hot Club de Paris
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yo Ho Ho!, 5 Jun 2007
This deserves a wordier review! This great Liverpool trio seem to be lumped in with yer basic NME-friendly shoutalong indie but theres a lot more to them than that. There's all sorts of stuff going on here. Really great songwriting, some great Pirate/Sea shanty references, some off-kilter time signatures, great lyrics, choruses you can sing along to, great harmony vocals and lots of whoops and hollers! Think a supercharged Field Music, XTC, or maybe The Battles if they decided to write pop songs. To cap it all, theres a sort of Afro-pop element there as well that Peelie would have loved. Many moments of sheer, unhinged delight in a field of its own.
Star Destroyer ~ Alex Delivery
Star Destroyer ~ Alex Delivery
4.0 out of 5 stars This is more like it!, 27 April 2007
This is great. If I were to be lazy i'd say it sounds a bit like the Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips meets Black Dice with Kevin Shields on the mix and someone who could give Can's Jaki Liebezeit a run for his money on Drums .But its in a world of its own really. Imagine the kind of modern American rock thats done by the likes of Midlake but with some nutcase in the studio intent on making sure that everything sounds warped and mangled beyond normal comprehension. There are strings, horns, all manner of percussion and keyboards here but nothing is left alone, everything is filtered, flanged and LFO'd beyond recognition in a very admirable and really enjoyable way. There are also some great… Read more