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3.0 out of 5 stars Rushed?, 27 Feb 2005
This review is from: Power (Audio CD)
It is a huge problem for bands when the first song on an album is far too good for the rest to live up to, and it was with an intense feeling of dissapointment that I listened to the rest of the album after the thrilling opening of Wonderful People, seeming to offer up the tatntilising possility of a really great album
It does get better with time, so if you do get it, which one should do once one is more familiar with the band's work, keep with it. Throw Back Your Head, Wet Work, Collect The Diamonds and Tag-Tag all offer up something good, Distrct Night Prayer providing a quirky, yet pleasently melodic edge to the piece.
Most of the songs are good, the ones above shining brighter than the others, and, once finished listening to the album, I knew i'd heard some good tunes, but there is the overwhelming feeling that the album has been rushed and badly put together, that little thought has been put into the track order and that corners were cut.
Some of the songs are unfulfilling in their use of instruments; in general, the weaker songs are hurt by the air of having been just too easy, unchallenging for the band to make or perform.
It seems odd, but the simple decision to put Wondeful People first rather than anywhere else, though preferably toward the end of the album, has made the album cumbersome, peaking right away and then slowly unwinding, or seeming to, as it continues.
Q and not U are far better than this album, so don't feel disheartened. The album is interesting, with their other work in mind, but for a beginner it is clear that one should not start their Q and not U exerience here.
No Kill No Beep is perhaps a clearer and less cryptic place to start, but having heard that, Power too will naturally add itself to your collection and don't be afraid to let it. Though it is rushed and as I have said, at times clumsy, the album has merit and the fan will feel it.
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