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Music has the right to dead children, apparently
on 30 June 2013
This album is very disappointing. As others have said BoC are a 5 star band who can really turn it out when they put their minds to it, and have done before. All of their previous albums were a progression and do something different whilst maintaining their distinctive sound. And yes, I think "The Campfire Headphase" was criminally underrated. What is absolutely baffling then is that this album sees them so... obvious. Apart from (barely) two tracks, "Reach For The Dead" and "New Seeds" it's a lot of dull post-apocalyptic film soundtrack nonsense mixed in with a leaden retread of previous ideas. Okay, we get it- you think we're doomed. But what does this offer? Nothing. When am I going to want to sit down and listen to what mostly sounds like a Boards of Canada tribute band playing a John Carpenter covers album?? Never. It's an entirely tedious and depressing experience, bereft of the magic that makes their other albums so rewarding. And absolutely worst of all, this is a thematic path many others have tread more effectively before them. Lots of tracks try to go somewhere but most fail, and the noodly dirty mess that results is often. Very. Boring. Indeed.
If this is the result of living in a cottage in the middle of nowhere I'd say it's time for them to burn their George A Romero box sets and move back to civilisation.