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Only marginally above average musical fodder
on 9 September 2009
What's this like? Read on.
Well, on the upside the lyrics touch on modern day life and issues, but sadly only on a surface level, while the instrumentation is quite organic sounding and differs enough from track to track.
However, this album didn't do it for me, for these reasons;
It's a bit too much like a woman talking for a hour (if that's your bag then be my guest). I prefer music above talking, but more conventional music fans might find this more pallatable than i did. I live in London and have my headphones on whilst on the bus, etc, to avoid having to listen to the urban lingo, which is strewn with awful grammer and prenounciation, so i'm left thinking 'why would i want to listen to it accompanied by very loosely arranged music?'
The tempo of this album is all very one-paced with nothing to get even remotely excited about - this album scores very low for variation & excitement.
You could say that this is the best of this musical genre, unfortuntely it's a musical genre that, based on this album, is very limited, one-dimensional and not to my taste.
The Mercury music prize has done this to us before, of course, with Roni Size in 1997, but at least with that equally limited genre - Drum & Bass, the best, i.e. his New Forms album, was interesting, very listenable, and inspirational in places. Sadly this is a dead duck, in the same way Ms Dynamite was (Mercury winner 2002). How The Horrors - Primary Colours didn't win is anyone's guess, because it's the best album from the last 12 months, by some distance. Esser and Gomez will also be a bit miffed that they didn't get nominated ahead of this and some other limp musical offerings served up.