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Fleet Foxes ~ Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes ~ Fleet Foxes
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you are looking for a heavy dose of testosterone-fuelled rock and roll from this Seattle 5-piece, you've come to the wrong place.

Folky west-coast melodies, sweet harmonies, light voices singing a capella... that's what you've got with this Fleet Foxes album. They describe it themselves as "baroque harmonic pop". However you categorise it, it's a very long way from the 'grunge' sound that their hometown is still (even after all these years) known for. They are far from a pushover though... they stole the show at this years SXSW festival and have had our music critics praising their live shows before they had released this fantastic album. Although theirs is not your typical… Read more
Attack and Release ~ The Black Keys
Attack and Release ~ The Black Keys
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
I'm a huge fan of The Black Keys... I have all of their albums and singles and have seen them perform live 4 or 5 times. They play driving, gutteral, thumping, fuzzy rock and roll. Well, usually they do...

Sometimes they play dusty, bluesy rock and roll, and there is a lot of that to be found on 'Attack & Release'. With the exception of perhaps three tracks (of which two are my current favourites: 'I Got Mine' and 'Remember When - Side B') this album is short of high-tempo rocking tracks. The album does not suffer for it, but I get the sense that the live show's might. Every time I have seen these guys live, the crowd is enthralled until the slower tracks are played, and then… Read more
Vampire Weekend ~ Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend ~ Vampire Weekend
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Punchy, Preppy Pop, 12 Feb 2008
Vampire Weekend are the latest New York band being tipped as "the ones to watch" by those in the know. Here, they've delivered an album full of bouncy, somewhat quirky pop songs with bags of melody and 'smarter-than-you' lyrics and New England references that makes the bands 'preppyness' pretty obvious.

Because of their well-to-do social background, The Strokes have become an easy comparison to make for music journos, but Vampire Weekends sound is less retro, less guitary and less spikey. The emphasis here is on light, melodic pop tunes with a bit of Afro-beat thrown in (hence the other easy comparison, Paul Simon). It's a record that doesn't sound like much else out there, and… Read more