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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 26 July 2011
Music evokes lots of different feelings, thoughts and reactions. Sometimes you just can't quite figure out why you react as you do to a certain piece of music. Books have been written on such things and albums made that prove this point. Unknown Mortal Orchestra's eponymous debut is a great example of this. Here is an album with the vocals at the back of the mix, percussions, guitar and all the other instruments distorted to give a fuzzy noise. It should sound like a mess. But somewhere underneath all of this is a psychedelic driven pop album that could have been recorded at any time in the last thirty years. And man its catchy and unpredictable. Right in the middle of the whole piece is Lung Damage, with a synthesised voice start that leaps into a fuzzy pop punk piece that's so full of joy you feel you need to bounce along with it - its a perfect example of the under the radar approach of the band and this album. The music actually reminds you of Elephant 6 in the early days and some of the Olivia Tremor Chord stuff, their more mainstream stuff.

There are times hear you are also reminded of The Beatles and later John Lennon tracks as well. And at others you think mid 70's psych. It really is that timeless. How Can You Luv Me is a real strong contender for any years end compilation. It will be most welcome in mid-winter to remind us of the joy of summer. Some tracks feel a bit weaker than other (Boy Witch and Little Blu House are the weakest to these ears). But overall it really is a joy to listen to and its 30 minutes (too short) breezes by and you feel that these are some FFunny FFriends you could get to love. A joy to the ears.
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on 3 September 2011
I really brought this album after hearing Jello and Juggernauts, its one of the standout tracks on the album, the beats and the overall feel is great and really pulls inspiration from king crimson and sgt pepper. The rest of the album is alright but there are really standout tracks.
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on 5 July 2011
You know you can't argue about taste but once in a while an album is released which really makes me happy. 'Just' 9 songs but a serious must have catchy tunes record.
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on 13 January 2014
Really love this album. I first listened to II so decided to get this album too and I'm really happy with it. Just as good as the second and I'm in love with UMO.
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on 20 November 2013
This is the rebirth of the lo-fi genre, setting the stage for future development (e. g. You Can Stay but You Gotta Go by Quasi)
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on 22 January 2014
Having watched their gigs in China, I feel the inner power in their music, and also the beauty of chorus.
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on 24 February 2014
UMO 2 is so superior in everyway that this feels a bit amateurish, without the tunes. Some nice guitar though.
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