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Album of the year!
on 13 November 2008
The Presets are two Ozzie lads, quite rightly, absolutely huge in their native Australia. Their amazing second album acclaiming awards here, there and everywhere, completely outselling anything this year and hitting the Australian number 1 slot. I stumbled into the Presets world via the fantastic 2nd single "This Boys In Love". A wonderfully high powered, tuneful, 80's influenced, uplifting, electrosynth pop song for the Naughties. With it's A-ha like piano rift, powerful vocals and totally hypnotic chugging dance rhythm this should have been a huge hit here too. The 3rd single "Talk Like That" is equally as good. Starting off with a manic church organ, sounding like something from the Munsters but then going into another fantastic, high energy, electro dance romp. Lead single, the massively high powered, energetic "My People" is best heard as loud as possible, with it's screaming Numanesque vocals. When they played live at Camden's Electric Ballroom in October this track sent the packed crowd into absolute mayhem. Imagine Underworld meet Chemical Brothers meet Nitzer Ebb but then 10 times better. Other highlights are the pounding lead track "Kicking and Screaming", the frantic and highly manic "Eucalyptus" and the cracking "Yippiyo-Ay". They are equally sublime when they slow the pace down a bit on tracks "If I Know You" and the Human League-like instrumental "Aeons". The final track "Anywhere" brings you down to a more gentle trance dance with lighter vocals and is the most Underworld-like track. The sometimes shouty vocals are a bit hard for some people to get their heads around but stick with it and after a couple of plays this album will wind it's way into your senses. Get the singles for extra added diverse remixes.
Destined for world succuss this album is like instant lucozade. If you need a drop of energy put this on and dance till you drop. Totally my album of the year. Brilliant stuff!!